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List of correspondents

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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,…

Matches: 13 hits

  • … child of God" (1) Abberley, John (1) …
  • … Adams, A. L. (1) Addison, John (1) …
  • … Allen, J. A. (b) (1) Allen, John (1) …
  • … C. J. (3) Andrews, John (1) Ann. …
  • … (1) Athenæum (11) Atkin, J. R. (1) …
  • … Balfour, J. H. (7) Ball, John (5) …
  • … Becher, A. B. (1) Beck, John (2) …
  • … (3) Bosquet, J. A. H. de (11) Bostock, John
  • … (2) Breitenbach, Wilhelm (11) Brent, B. P. …
  • … (2) Bunbury, C. J. F. (11) Bunbury, F. J. …
  • … (1) Caspary, Robert (11) Cassell Petter & …
  • … Job, R. A. (1) John Murray (181) …
  • … Murphy, James (1) Murray, Andrew (15) …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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  • on 'so difficult a subject, as evolution’ ( letter to ARWallace,  27 July [1872] ). …
  • to spread my views’, he wrote to his publisher, John Murray, on 30 January , shortly after
  • The public are accustomed to novels for 1s’, he wrote to Murray on 8 January , but Murray
  • set the final price at 7 s.  6 d.  ( letter from RFCooke, 12 February 1872 ). …
  • unpublished at the end of the year ( letter from C.-FReinwald, 23 November 1872 ). To
  • the new edition in the United States, Darwin arranged with Murray to have it stereotyped. Before the
  • St George Jackson Mivart ( letter to St GJMivart,  11 January [1872] ). A worsening
  • Whale  & duck  most beautiful’ ( letter from ARWallace, 3 March 1872 ). I
  • Mivart not to acknowledge it ( letter to St GJMivart, 11 January [1872] ). 'I hate
  • … `chiefly perhaps because I do it badly’ ( letter to ARWallace, 3 August [1872] ).  …
  • attacks on Darwin became notorious, had written on 11 May expressing concern that his recently, …
  • from his ignorance, he feels no doubts’ ( letter to FCDonders, 17 June 1872 ). Right up to the
  • Hookers cause was taken up by his friends, in particular John Lubbock and John Tyndall, as one
  • well informed: `The die is cast’, he wrote excitedly on 11 May , when the matter was first raised
  • to Gladstone a week later ( enclosure to letter from John Lubbock to WEGladstone, 20 June 1872
  • … & new views which are daily turning up’ ( letter to ARWallace, 28 August [1872] ).  …
  • photographic plates with his overseas publishers, and with John Murrays assistant, the excitable
  • to pay something for the privilege   . . . ?’ queried Cooke despairingly, `or have you agreed to
  • numbers required led to increasingly frantic letters from Cooke: 'We are in a precious quondary
  • …  & have not taken care of ourselves’ ( letter from RFCooke, 20 November 1872 ). A
  • in the face of a disappointed public ( letter from RFCooke, 25 November 1872 ). Among those

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

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  • … backwards much more than forwards’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ). I feel …
  • … had been in two volumes and had cost twenty-four shillings.) Murray’s partner, Robert Francis Cooke, …
  • … Quarterly Review  discussing works on primitive man by John Lubbock and Edward Burnett Tylor. It …
  • … of anonymous reviews. Its proprietor was none other than John Murray, Darwin’s publisher. So …
  • … wording of both the letter to the editor and the letter to Murray to accompany it. The depth of …
  • … to review me in a hostile spirit’ ( letter to John Murray, 11 August 1874 ). Darwin was …
  • … Correspondence  vol. 20, letter to St G. J. Mivart, 11 January [1872] ). To Darwin’s relief, …
  • … number of the Review & in the same type’  ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). George …
  • … anonymous reviews. While staying with Hooker over Christmas, John Tyndall, professor at and …
  • … as ‘the natural outflow of his character’ ( letter from John Tyndall, 28 December 1874 ). …
  • … the moment of being hatched ( letter to  Nature , 7 and 11 May [1874] ; Spalding 1872a). …
  • … & that must be enough for me’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ). Plants that eat . …
  • … cartilage, bone & meat &c. &c.’ ( letter to W. D. Fox,  11 May [1874] ). His research …
  • … she valued the photograph he sent highly ( letter from D. F. Nevill, [11 September 1874] ). …

Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

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1876 was the year in which the Darwins became grandparents for the first time.  And tragically lost their daughter-in-law, Amy, who died just days after her son's birth.  All the letters from 1876 are now published in volume 24 of The Correspondence…

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  • … to think of the future’, Darwin confessed to William on 11 September just hours after Amy’s …
  • … had been founded in March 1876 by the London physiologist John Scott Burdon Sanderson to discuss how …
  • … shoemaker and ardent naturalist Thomas Edward ( letter from F. M. Balfour, 11 December 1876 ; …
  • … Darwin rejoiced to hear that the Cambridge astronomer John Couch Adams not only approved of George’s …
  • … who died at the age of 10 in 1851, but William, who was 11 years old at the time of her death, would …
  • … you are one of the best of all’ ( letter to W. E. Darwin, 11 September [1876] ). …
  • … do I cannot conceive’, Darwin wrote anxiously to Hooker on 11 September. By the time Darwin …
  • … value’, was ‘extremely dry’, he informed Robert Cooke on 16 September . Darwin was apologetic …
  • … at the pre-publication sale dinner held by his publisher, John Murray ( letter to John Murray, 15 …
  • … ). In England, the clergyman botanist George Henslow, son of John Stevens Henslow, Darwin’s …

Darwin in letters, 1880: Sensitivity and worms

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There are summaries of all Darwin's letters from the year 1880 on this website.  The full texts of the letters are not yet available online but are in volume 28 of the print edition of The correspondence of Charles Darwin, published by Cambridge…

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  • … in zoology. New studies of animal instincts by George John Romanes drew upon Darwin’s early …
  • … writing to his publisher’s business partner Robert Cooke on 23 April , ‘My family shake their …
  • … since the Origin appeared”‘ ( letter to T. H. Huxley, 11 [April] 1880 ). While praising Origin …
  • … through natural selection’ ( letter to T. H. Huxley, 11 May 1880 ). Worthy causes    …
  • … of Epping Forest’. In October, Darwin had discussions with John Lubbock and Huxley and was …
  • … family members. Emma’s brother Josiah Wedgwood III died on 11 March. Like Emma, he had married a …
  • … the year’s end, a Christmas card from another old friend, John Maurice Herbert, inspired happy …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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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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  • … 3v.] Hunter has written Quarto work on Physiology 11  besides the paper collected by Owen …
  • … 1831]. Book I. ch. 7 & Book II. Ch. 8. Book. VII. ch 8, 11. read 1 st . vol of Lamarck. …
  • … The Emigrant, Head [F. B. Head 1846] St. John’s Highlands [C. W. G. Saint John 1846] …
  • … 1834b]. 9. Columbidæ (Pigeons.) [Selby 1835] 11. Ruminating Animals (Deer, Antelopes, …
  • … 1766] Count Dandalo on silk worm Eng. Translat 1825—Murray [Dandolo 1825] /good/ M rs …
  • … B.M. 6. 6. Black Edin. Longman [Ramsay 1848] St. John’s Nat. Hist. of Sutherlanshire, Murray
  • … Liebigs Lectures on Chemistry [Liebig 1851]. Sir John Davies. China during the War and Peace …
  • … ] to end of Vol: XVIII & Part I. of V. 19 (1843) 25. Murray Domestic Poultry.— Domestic …
  • … d . Series. vol 3. p. 1 to 312 30 th  Colquhoun (John) The Moor & the Loch [Colquhoun …
  • … Buffon [Milne-Edwards 1834–40]. March 5 th  St. John’s Highlands [Saint John 1846] 8 …
  • … Grammont’s Memoirs [Gramont 1714] light & poor Nov 11. Bamford life of Radicle [Bamford …
  • … (in relation to Köelreuter) in Revue Horticole No 9–11 89  1853 [Lecoq 1853]. Reviewed in …
  • … an Eastern King [Knighton] 1855] read The Hon ble  Cooke Journey to Oregon Bon. Price [Coke …
  • … Nat. Hist Zoologist [ Zoologist ] vols. before 11 & 12.— 106 Thumberg Travels …
  • … many vols. I have read.— [DAR *128: 149] Murray Geograph. Distrib. Price William …
  • … Home Tour. (various parts) [G. Head 1837] good —— 11. Oersted’s Soul of Nature [Ørsted 1847] …
  • … . Esmond. by Thackeray [Thackeray 1852] (Poor) Nov. 11. Sir Hudson Lowe’s life and letters [H …
  • … up the River   Amazon, including a residence at Pará . (Murray’s Home and Colonial Library.) …
  • … by Richard Owen.  Vol. 4 of  The works of John Hunter, F.R.S. with notes . Edited by James F. …
  • … Translated from the German and French by Lady Duff Gordon. (Murray’s Home and Colonial Library.) …
  • … Robert. 1843.  Memoirs of the life of John   Constable, R.A., composed chiefly of his letters. …