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Adam Sedgwick

Summary

One of the early leaders of geology in Britain, Adam Sedgwick  was born in the Yorkshire village of Dent in 1785. Attending Trinity College Cambridge, he was ordained as clergyman and in 1818 was appointed to the Woodwardian Chair of Geology, which offered…

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  • … One of the early leaders of geology in Britain, Adam Sedgwick  was born in the Yorkshire village of …
  • … Despite having little prior knowledge of the subject, Sedgwick soon commenced fieldwork, offered …
  • … gatherings. In the summer of 1831 Darwin accompanied Sedgwick on a tour of the older fossil-bearing …
  • … as he told Henslow in a letter , 'Tell Prof: Sedgwick he does not know how much I am …
  • … three weeks, than in pounding the NW mountains.' Darwin and Sedgwick continued to correspond in …
  • … Darwin sent a copy of the first edition of Origin . Sedgwick had long battled against …
  • … friendly letters.  In 1870 they met for the last time, and Sedgwick took Darwin on a long tour of …

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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  • … 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. …
  • … Balfour, J. H. (7) Ball, John (5) …
  • … Becher, A. B. (1) Beck, John (2) …
  • … Beckhard, Martin (1) Beddoe, John (3) …
  • … C. H. (8) Blackwall, John (4) …
  • … J. A. H. de (11) Bostock, John (1) …
  • … Bridgman, W. K. (3) Brigg, John (1) …
  • … Busch, Otto (1) Bush, John (3) Busk, …
  • … Caton, J. D. (9) Cattell, John (3) …
  • … the Exchequer (1) Chapman, John (4) …
  • … Coe, Henry (6) Coghlan, John (2) …
  • … Colburn, Henry (3) Colby, John (3) …
  • … Colgate, Robert (1) Collier, John (2) …
  • … Craig, J. S. (2) Crawfurd, John (3) …
  • … Crick, W. D. (11) Crier, John (1) …
  • … Davis, J. E. (1) Davy, John (6) …
  • … Denny, Henry (13) Denny, John (6) …
  • … Downie, Mr (1) Downing, John (3) …
  • … Ellicott, C. J. (1) Elliot, Adam (1) …
  • … Evans, E. G. (2) Evans, John (b) (3) …
  • … Farn, A. B. (1) Farr, John (2) Farr, …
  • … Fiske, John (14) Fitch, Adam (3) …
  • … Philippi, R. A. (1) Phillips, John (21) …
  • … Seddon, W. Z. (2) Sedgwick, Adam (15) …
  • … Whitby, M. A. T. (3) White, Adam (2) …

Darwin’s introduction to geology

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Darwin collected minerals as a child and was introduced to the science of geology at the University of Edinburgh, but he only became actively interested in the subject as he was completing his degree at Cambridge.

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  • … the professor of botany (and former professor of mineralogy) John Stevens Henslow, Darwin became …
  • … apprenticed himself to the Cambridge professor of geology, Adam Sedgwick, who had invited the young …
  • … geologist and for the invention of geological hypotheses.  Sedgwick gave this enthusiasm direction …
  • … ‘I would not give up for any consideration.’ Sedgwick met up with his protégé at the Darwin …
  • … 5 and 11 August.  Although field notes by both Darwin and Sedgwick have survived, the exact sequence …
  • … by historians.  On 12 August, Darwin may have accompanied Sedgwick to the island of Anglesey, where …

Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad

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At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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  • … that he was ‘unwell & must write briefly’ ( letter to John Scott, 31 May [1863] ), and in a …
  • … were himself, Hooker, Huxley, Alfred Russel Wallace, and John Lubbock. Honours abroad …
  • … council of the Royal Society voted instead for the geologist Adam Sedgwick; Darwin suspected that …
  • … of the Royal Society ( see letter from Edward Sabine to John Phillips, 12 November 1863 ). …
  • … year with the Hertfordshire nurseryman Thomas Rivers. John Scott Darwin had found a …
  • … of hybridity and sterility at the end of the previous year. John Scott, a gardener at the Royal …
  • … the results of which were published in 1868 ( see letter to John Scott, 25 and 28 May [1863] ). …
  • … hoped would counteract Huxley’s criticism ( letter from John Scott, 23 July [1863] ). Darwin …
  • … Darwin had also encouraged him to write ( see letter to John Scott, 12 April [1863] ). In this …
  • … that your paper will have permanent value’ ( letter to John Scott, 31 May [1863] ). Scott received …
  • … the “Origin” is not at all palatable!’ ( letter from John Scott, [3 June 1863] ). Darwin’s …
  • … a position offered in Darjeeling, India ( see letter from John Scott, 22 May 1863 , and letter …
  • … 1860; it continued to capture his attention ( see letter to John Scott, 12 April [1863] ). …
  • … to Malvern the following week. Three letters in August from John Goodsir, professor of anatomy at …
  • … of all such matters as your stomach’ ( see letter from John Goodsir, 21 August [1863] ; letter …

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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  • … immortality of Soul. amongst Ancients [Toland 1704] Adam Smith Moral Sentiments [A. Smith …
  • … The Emigrant, Head [F. B. Head 1846] St. John’s Highlands [C. W. G. Saint John 1846] …
  • … 1848] Cuming Lion Hunter [Cumming 1850] Sir C. Phillips Recollections of Curran [C. …
  • … 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 …
  • … Boswell’s life of Johnsons [Boswell 1831] 4 vols 25 Phillips Geology [J. Phillips 1837–9] …
  • … & Forsyth on Forest Trees [Boutcher 1775 and Forsyth 1791] Phillips History of cultivated …
  • … 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 …
  • … —— 15 th . Phillip’s life of W. Smith [J. Phillips 1844]. —— 30 Abridged Despatches Duke …
  • … Tone Autobiography [Tone 1826] very amusing March 10 John Galt Autobiography [Galt 1833] poor …
  • … 1848] Madam Malguet [Torrens] 1848] —— Lives of John & Alex. Belthune [?Bethune 1840 and …
  • … Tour in Sweden [Wollstonecraft 1796]. (poor) —— Phillips. Life of Curran [C. Phillips 1818] …
  • … Ireland [Thompson 1849–56]. Vol. I. II & 3 May. St. John’s Tour in Sutherlandshire [Saint …
  • … ] 12. Sedgwicks Discourse on Study of Univers [Sedgwick 1850] 28 Steenstrup on …
  • … Mammalia.— Owen 5 o : Parker [R. Owen 1859] Read Phillips work on Malvern & Pal. Foss. …
  • … [R. H. Dana [1840] (good) Bertrams [Trollope 1859] & Adam Bede [Eliot 1859] (excellent) …
  • … Eliot, George,  pseud . (Marian Evans Cross). 1859.  Adam   Bede . 3 vols. Edinburgh. [Other …
  • … . London. [Darwin Pamphlet Collection.]  119: 1a Sedgwick, Adam. 1850.  A discourse on …
  • …   and conduct.  London.  128: 27 Smith, Adam. 1759.  The theory of moral sentiments. …
  • … 7 vols. (Vol. 7:  Account of the   life and writings of Adam Smith … Account of the life and   …