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Darwin in letters, 1864: Failing health

Summary

On receiving a photograph from Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July 1864: ‘the venerable beard gives the look of your having suffered, and … of having grown older’.  Because of poor health, Because of poor health, Darwin…

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  • by which  leaves  produce tendrils’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [8 February 1864] ). Darwins
  • it is a leaf climber & therefore sacred’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 2 June [1864] ). …
  • his stipend being paid by Darwin himself ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [1 April 1864] ). Hooker
  • often at odds with one another: ‘Gardeners are the very dl, & where two or three are gathered
  • to play your part  over  them’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [2 April 1864] ). Hooker
  • they do require very careful treatment’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 8 April 1864 ). Nevertheless, …
  • that in giving I am hastening the fall’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 April 1864 ). In his
  • perseverance, and his knowledge’ ( letter to John Scott, 10 June 1864 ). Hooker met Scott in
  • a first-class cabin for the journey ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [15 August 1864] ). Darwin
  • … “DarwinMann” ’ ( letter from Ernst Haeckel, 10 August 1864 ). Haeckel sent Darwin a number of his
  • In 1864, Darwin received his first letter from Benjamin Dann Walsh, a new advocate from North
  • which you have bearded this lion in his den’ ( letter to B. D. Walsh, 4 December [1864] ). Walsh
  • he spoke out on the modification of species ( letter to B. D. Walsh, 21 October [1864] ). …
  • … ‘make a noise’, since the author evidentlysmashe[d] most of the old Testament’ ( Correspondence
  • he thought himsanguine & unsafe’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 16 February 1864 ). Hooker
  • correct if they contradicted the Bible ( see letter from J. D. Hooker, [19 September 1864] ). When
  • Lyell 1865] I shall recant for fifth time’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 22 October [1864] ). Lyell
  • displayingremarkable genius’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 22 [May 1864] ). He added that he wished
  • …  agreewith Wallaces views on humans ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 22 [May 1864] ), and he pointed

List of correspondents

Summary

Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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  • … (12) Agassiz, Louis (10) Agent for Mr Allen
  • Grant (13) Allen, J. A. (b) (1) …
  • Ansell, G. F. (1) Ansted, D. T. (8) …
  • … (2) Arruda Furtado, Francisco d’ (10) …
  • Austen, J. T. (5) Austin, A. D. (2) …
  • Ayres, W. P. (1) B. J. Edwards & Co. (1) …
  • K. E. von (1) Baikie, W. B. (1) …
  • W. H. (1) Bain, Alexander (b) (1) …
  • Balch, C. L. (3) Baldwin, J. D. (2) …
  • J. H. (2) Bartlett, A. D. (15) …
  • Bates, H. W. (91) Bathoe, M. B. (1) …
  • E. H. von (2) Baxter, E. B. (1) …
  • Beale, L. S. (2) Beall, T. B. (1) …
  • Francis (5) Becher, A. B. (1) Beck, …
  • Marion (1) Bell, Robert (b) (2) Bell
  • Brooks, W. C. (1) Brown, D. J. (1) …
  • Dudley (1) Campbell, G. D. (3) Canby
  • … & Galpin (1) Caton, J. D. (9) …
  • Mary (1) Conway, M. D. (9) Conybeare
  • B. A. E. (1) Cooper, J. D. (2) …
  • … (1) Covington, Syms (10) Cowper-Temple, W. F. …
  • James (40) Crick, W. D. (11) Crier, …
  • Crotch, G. R. (4) Crotch, W. D. (5) …
  • … (9) Errera, L. A. (10) Erskine, H. N. B. …
  • … (13) Forbes, Edward (10) Forbes, J. D. …
  • Wallis, H. M. (4) Walsh, B. D. (32) …

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

Summary

The year 1866 began well for Charles Darwin, as his health, after several years of illness, was now considerably improved. In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of  Origin. Darwin got the fourth…

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  • foolish, Penurious, Pragmatical Prigs’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [29 December 1866] ). But the
  • easy work for about 1½ hours every day’ ( letter to H. B. Jones, 3 January [1866] ). Darwin had
  • of coffee to two cups a day, since coffee, with the10 drops of Muriatic acid twice a day (with
  • to make the chemistry go on better’ ( letter from H. B. Jones, 10 February [1866] ). Darwin
  • me any harmany how I cant be idle’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 24 August [1866] ). Towards
  • of which Tegetmeier had agreed to supervise ( letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 16 January [1866] ). …
  • Animals & Cult. Plantsto Printers’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1866] ). When
  • diving Hymenoptera and insect metamorphosis, Benjamin Dann Walshs theory of phytophagic varieties
  • than the belief of a dozen physicists’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [28 February 1866] ). Darwin also
  • George: ‘Your fatherentered at the same time with Dr B. J. who received him with triumph. All his
  • me to worship Bence Jones in future—’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 13 May 1866 ). Darwin himself
  • went for ¾ to Zoolog. Garden!!!!!!!!!’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [28 April 1866] ). …
  • you are in for it’ ( letter from H. E. Darwin, [  c . 10 May 1866] ). Henriettas letter
  • tell him the truth how little exertion I can stand. I sh d  like very much to see him, though I
  • original contract between Darwin and the New York publisher D. Appleton and Co. in 1860. …
  • admit how little is known on the subject’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 3 and 4 August [1866] ). And
  • how differently we look at every thing’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 August [1866] ). Yet both men
  • thing in a different light from you’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 7 August 1866 ). The two
  • 18 August, bringing hisblessed mss’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [17 August 1866] ). Hooker
  • Samuel Wilberforce, had held forth against  Origin  (J. D. Hooker 1866a, pp. 50, 756). The
  • indirect a bearing to be worth noticing’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 31 May [1866] ). Most of
  • after he had sounded the charge’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [4 September 1866] ). &#039
  • thateach suggestion, to be of real value to science, w d  require years of work’ ( letter to J. …
  • on his use ofawesomely long words’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 2 October [1866] ). He later
  • bit the worse for being unintelligible’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 14 December 1866 , letter to
  • know how to begin’ ( letter to Fritz Müller, [before 10 December 1866] ). The intrusion of
  • other German states and Austria in June and July. Writing on 10 May from Württemberg, one of the

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

Summary

The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate aspects of the…

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  • … ). Darwin sympathised, replying on 14 January , ‘I sh d  have a very bad heart, as hard as
  • to read a few pages feel fairly nauseated’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 3 February [1868] ). But such
  • thought it was by Gray himself, but Darwin corrected him: ‘D r  Gray would strike me in the face, …
  • scamp & I begin to think a veritable ass’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 September [1868] ). …
  • on 17 April 1868 . The letter was addressed tothe Rev d  C. Darwin M.d’; Binstead evidently
  • kind almost heroic, in you to sacrifice your hair and pay 3 d  in the cause of science
  • … , ‘almost heroic, in you to sacrifice your hair and pay 3 d  in the cause of science.’ Darwin
  • as ofvictorious males getting wives’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 25 February [1868] ). Yet a
  • … “love”’, wrote the American entomologist Benjamin Dann Walsh on 25 March 1868 . Wallace
  • magenta. To Weir, he wrote on 27 February : ‘It w d  be a fine trial to cut off the eyes of the
  • of Hookers distributed it in Japan ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 5 September 1868 ); Edward Wilson, …
  • mission stations in Victoria, Australia ( letter from R. B. Smyth, 13 August 1868 ); lengthy
  • previous year by James Philip Mansel Weale ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [20 May 1868] ). …
  • through adaptation to local conditions ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [23 December 1868] ). Barbers
  • everlasting woe?’ I am not sure whether it w d  not be wisest for scientific men quite
  • enmity to Revealed Religion’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 September [1868], n. 11 ). ‘I am not sure
  • be acomplete & premeditated swindler’ ( letter to J. B. Innes, 1 December 1868 ), his
  • walked with village girls at night ( letter to J. B. Innes, 10 December [1868] ). ‘The Church will
  • legs”’, Darwin replied on 19 November , ‘but I sh d  think you were the first father who had
  • distinction of the kindworth a fig’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 16 June 1868 ). Requests for
  • Kühne, who wished to payhis devotions at the shrine of D r . Darwin’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley

Darwin’s reading notebooks

Summary

In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • 4  [Pierquin de Gembloux 1839]. Said to be good by D r  L. Lindsay 5 [DAR *119: 1v. …
  • on Annals of Nat. Hist. [Jenyns 1838] Prichard; a 3 d . vol [Prichard 183647] Lawrence [W. …
  • Teneriffe. in Pers. Narr. [A. von Humboldt 181429] D r  Royle on Himmalaya types [Royle
  • reference to authors about E. Indian Islands 8 consult D r  Horsfield [Horsfield 1824] …
  • sheep [Youatt 1831, 1834, 1837]. Verey Philosophie dHist. Nat. [Virey 1835] read
  • Crawford Eastern Archipelago [Crawfurd 1820] Raffeles d[itt]o [T. S. B. Raffles 1817] …
  • … [Temminck 181315] read Temminck has written Coup d’œil sur la Fauna des iles de la Sonde et
  • read 19  : French [? Annales de la Société Impériale d'Horticulture ] or Caledonian
  • on generation. 1828 [Girou de Buzareingues 1828a]. quoted by D r  Ryan on marriage [Ryan 1831] …
  • published? [ Procés-Verbaux de   la Société d'Histoire Naturelle d'Ile Maurice ] …
  • on wheat [Le Couteur 1836] Bechstein on Caged Birds. 10 s  6 d . translated by Rennie
  • Soc read Prichards. Nat: History of Man. Bailliere. 1.10 [Prichard 1843must be studied . …
  • Des ). De leur Anatomie, Reproduction et Culture. 4to. Avec 10 planches. Amsterdam, 1768. 12 s . …
  • Analysis & theory of the Emotions by G. Ramsay B.M. 6. 6. Black Edin. Longman [Ramsay 1848] …
  • … [Martins 1849]. 53 [DAR 119: 1a] 54 N.B. These books have been read since I
  • G. Browne 1799]— well skimmed 1839 Jan 10 All life of W. Scott [Lockhart 18378] …
  • Voyage of Kolff to the Molucca Sea [Kolff 1840] 10 th  Surville-Marion [Crozet 1783]. …
  • of London ] from Vol I to Vol VII. part III or p 433. N.B. I think the three first of Hort T. …
  • Barrows Travels [Barrow 1801]. well Skimmed B. Edwards Hist. of W. Indies [B. Edwards 1793
  • 1766]. good Bas. Montagus Select from old Divines [B. Montagu 1805] [DAR 119: 10a] …
  • Petropolitanae ] 1775. 4. 3 2. 1 & 1760 inclusive N.B. 1775 is last Vol. d[itt]oNova Acta
  • Lays Missionary Voyage [King and Lay 1839] —— B. Halls Schloss Hainfell [Hall 1836]. …
  • 18349] Dec 12 th  The Emigrant by Sir F. B. Head [F. B. Head 1846] —— 16 th
  • 119: 11a Stonehenge  pseud.  (John Henry Walsh). 1859The dog, in   health and