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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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  • …   On 6 March 1868, Darwin wrote to the entomologist and accountant John Jenner Weir, ‘If …
  • … The quantity of his correspondence increased dramatically in 1868; the increase was due largely to …
  • … letter to A. R. Wallace, 28 [May 1864] ). Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to …
  • … and his immediate circle of friends and relations. In July 1868 Darwin was still anticipating that …
  • … and not too much’ ( letter to Albert Günther, 15 May [1868] ). My book is horribly …
  • … as early as 1865, the two-volume work appeared in January 1868. A final delay caused by the indexing …
  • … had expected to complete it in a fortnight. But at Darwin’s request, he modified his original plan, …
  • … though it would be a great loss to the Book’. But Darwin’s angry letter to Murray crossed one from …
  • … remuneration I shall look rather blank’ ( letter from W. S. Dallas, 8 January 1868 ). Darwin …
  • … to read a few pages feel fairly nauseated’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 3 February [1868] ). But such …
  • … Generally favourable accounts appeared in some of London’s leading weeklies such as the  Saturday …
  • … Gazette , was by George Henry Lewes, well-known in London’s literary circles and an author of …
  • … Darwin for comments. Darwin was clearly impressed by Lewes’s reviews. On 7 August 1868 , he wrote …
  • … by Owen’. John Edward Gray, a colleague of Richard Owen’s in the British Museum, agreed about the …
  • … not behind my back’ ( letter to John Murray, 25 February [1868] ). Wallace commiserated: ‘I am …
  • … Science, Robertson published a rejoinder, arousing Darwin’s ire still further: ‘he is a scamp & …
  • … information on colour changes in the canary (letters from J. J. Weir, [26] March 1868 and 3 …
  • … added, ‘for it is clear that I have none’ ( letter to J. J. Weir, 30 May [1868] ). Sexual …
  • … role of colour, sound, and smell in attracting females. J. J. Weir reported on 14 April 1868
  • … of Hooker’s distributed it in Japan ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 5 September 1868 ); Edward Wilson, …
  • … induced him to stay away ( letter from S. J. O’H. Horsman, 2 June [1868] ). But if Horsman …

Darwin and the Church

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The story of Charles Darwin’s involvement with the church is one that is told far too rarely. It shows another side of the man who is more often remembered for his personal struggles with faith, or for his role in large-scale controversies over the…

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  • … The story of Charles Darwin’s involvement with the church is one that is told far too rarely. It …
  • … into this complicated relationship throughout Darwin’s life, as it reveals his personal and …
  • … (and doubt) than many non-conformist denominations. Darwin’s parents attended a Unitarian chapel …
  • … A nominal adherence to the Anglican Church’s teachings was still essential for admittance to many of …
  • … necessary studies to be a clergyman. During Darwin’s lifetime, the vast majority of the …
  • … with the pursuit of scientific interests. Indeed, Darwin’s Cambridge mentor, John Stevens Henslow, …
  • … clergymen naturalists. A nostalgic piece in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine described the early …
  • … on every side his own snug ivy-covered house’ (Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (1887): 321). …
  • … to Caroline Darwin, 25–6 April [1832] ). Darwin’s sisters were extremely supportive of his desire …
  • … (letter to W. D. Fox, [9–12 August] 1835 ). Darwin’s doubts about orthodox belief, and his …
  • … went dutifully to the local Anglican church of St Mary’s each Sunday. All the children were baptised …
  • … their children Mary and Charles were buried; later Darwin’s brother Erasmus, Emma’s sister Sarah, …
  • … to be a cross between a cow and a red deer (letter from J. B. Innes, 7 December 1868 ). Innes had …
  • … the financial complications he left behind (letter from S. J. O’H. Horsman, 2 June [1868] ). …
  • … to have made off with the church’s organ fund (letter to J. B. Innes, 15 June [1868] ). So …
  • … the Down parish church (letter to J. B. Innes, 1 December 1868 ). Darwin wrote of the next …