RECORD: Darwin, C. R. & Emma Darwin. 1866-1875. 'a sketch of the principal events in my life'. CUL-DAR91.107-109. Transcribed by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 10.2009. Corrected against the manuscript 7.2010 RN1

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin. The volume CUL-DAR91 contains early notes on guns & shooting. Darwin's draft of recollections of Henslow, 1861. Notes on the moral sense. Wallace pension. 'a sketch of the principal events in my life' & list of Darwin's works. Loose notes found with CUL-DAR119 'Books to be read'.

This document, written in ink on blue paper in Emma Darwin's hand, appears to be a draft of the biographical entry for Reeve and Walford 1866. A final version is at the Natural History Museum (London) and transcribed in NHM-MSS-HUN.49 and is also transcribed in Correspondence vol. 14. Darwin referred to this as 'a sketch of the principal events in my life' in his letter to Robert Hunt, 3 May [1866], Correspondence vol. 14. Darwin continued to update the list of his publications in this document at least until 1875. Darwin went to London to sit for the portrait photograph. See Correspondence vol. 14, p. 151. For details of this and all other photographs and portraits of Darwin, see the iconography by John van Wyhe in Darwin: A Companion, 2021. See the online version of the photographs of Darwin.


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Botanical Works

On the various Contrivances by which British and foreign Orchids are fertilized. 1862

This work has been translated into German by Prof. Braun. & will soon appear in French.—

On the three remarkable sexual forms of Catasetum : Journal of Linn. Soc. Vol 6 1862 (Bot) p. 157.

On the Movements and Habits of Climbing plants: 1875 Journal of Linn. Soc. Vol 9 1865 (Bot.) p 1 to 118. This paper has been also been published as an separately work.

(Insectivorous Plants 1875)

On the action of sea water on the germination of seeds: Journal of Linn. Soc. Vol. 1 1857 (Bot) p 130.



Bot Works continued.

On the agency of Bees in the fertilization of Papilionaceous flowers: Annals of Nat. His. Vol 2 1858. p. 459.

On the two forms & dimorphic condition of the species of Primula: Journal of Linn. Soc. Vol 6 1862 (Bot) p. 77

On the existence of two forms and their reciprocal sexual relations, in the genus Linnum: Journal of Linn. Soc Vol 7 1863 (Bot) p 69.

On the Sexual relations of the three forms of Lythrum: Journal of Linn. Soc. Vol 8 1864 p 169



Bot Works Continued.

On the Character and hybrid-like nature of the offspring from the illegitimate offspring of dimorphic and trimorphic plants: Journal of Linn. Soc. Vol 10 1867 (Bot) p 393 to 437.

On the specific difference between Primula Veris and Vulgaris and on the hybrid nature of the common Oxlip: Journal of Linn. Soc. Vol 10 1867 (Bot) p 437 to 454

notes on the Fertilization of Orchids, Annals & Magazine of Natural History Sept. 1869.

Continued in CUL-DAR91.110-113

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