More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 1

More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 1
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Darwin Charles. More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 1

VOLUME I

PREFACE

MORE LETTERS OF CHARLES DARWIN

VOLUME I. OUTLINE OF CHARLES DARWIN'S LIFE

CHARLES DARWIN

CHAPTER 1.I. — AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FRAGMENT, AND EARLY LETTERS

CHAPTER 1.II. — EVOLUTION, 1844-1858

CHAPTER 1.III. — EVOLUTION, 1859-1863

CHAPTER 1.IV. — EVOLUTION, 1864-1869

CHAPTER 1.V. — EVOLUTION, 1870-1882

CHAPTER 1.VI. — GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION, 1843-1867

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The "Life and Letters of Charles Darwin" was published in 1887. Since that date, through the kindness of various correspondents, additional letters have been received; among them may be mentioned those written by Mr. Darwin to Mr. Belt, Lady Derby, Hugh Falconer, Mr. Francis Galton, Huxley, Lyell, Mr. John Morley, Max Muller, Owen, Lord Playfair, John Scott, Thwaites, Sir William Turner, John Jenner Weir. But the material for our work consisted in chief part of a mass of letters which, for want of space or for other reasons, were not printed in the "Life and Letters." We would draw particular attention to the correspondence with Sir Joseph Hooker. To him Mr. Darwin wrote with complete freedom, and this has given something of a personal charm to the most technical of his letters. There is also much correspondence, hardly inferior in biographical interest, with Sir Charles Lyell, Fritz Muller, Mr. Huxley, and Mr. Wallace. From this unused material we have been able to compile an almost complete record of Mr. Darwin's work in a series of letters now published for the first time. We have, however, in a few instances, repeated paragraphs, or in one or two cases whole letters, from the "Life and Letters," where such repetition seemed necessary for the sake of clearness or continuity.

Our two volumes contain practically all the matter that it now seems desirable to publish. But at some future time others may find interesting data in what remains unprinted; this is certainly true of a short series of letters dealing with the Cirripedes, which are omitted solely for want of space. (Preface/1. Those addressed to the late Albany Hancock have already appeared in the "Transactions of the Tyneside Nat. Field Club," VIII., page 250.)

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July 20th to July 27th: "Began Abstract of Species book," i.e., the "Origin of Species," at Sandown, I.W. Paper on Bees and Fertilisation of Flowers.

May 25th: Began proof-sheets of the "Origin of Species."

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