Sport 42: 2014
The facts in ‘Darwin’s Billiard Table’ are sourced from Janet Browne’s excellent biography of Darwin (The Power of Place) and from letters contained in the Darwin Correspondence Database (https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk).
Many of the phrases in ‘Early Morning on the Sand-walk, Down House, March 1857’ are extracted from Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.
‘The Battle of the Vegetables’ was a picture drawn by one of Darwin’s young children on the reverse side of a draft of On the Origin of Species. Only around thirty such pages survive; many did so only because Darwin gave them to his children to draw on and then kept the pictures.
The lines in ‘Pigeon’ are extracted from letters Charles Darwin wrote whilst working on his manuscript for On the Origin of Species.
The details of ‘Dr Gully’s Cold Water Cure’ are sourced from ‘The hydrotherapy and infamy of Dr James Gully’, an article by William E. Swinton, published in The CMA Journal, 20 December 1980, volume 123. Darwin underwent the water cure both at Malvern, Worcestershire, and at his home at in Kent, setting up the equipment required in his backyard, from 1849 until the end of 1851.
The lines in ‘My Dearest Emma’ are extracted, unaltered aside from line breaks and ordering, from Charles Darwin’s letters to his wife Emma during the final illness of their daughter Annie, who died the month after her tenth birthday. Annie’s writing case and its contents were kept by the Darwin family in remembrance of Annie.
‘A Short Note from Brother Erasmus in London’ is an extract from a letter written by Erasmus Darwin to his brother Charles in December 1862. The full text of the letter can be found on the Darwin Correspondence Database.