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Darwin Correspondence Project

Meet the correspondents

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Asa Gray
Asa Gray
CUL DAR 257:109
Cambridge University Library

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Mary Treat
http://www.vinelandhistory1864.org/
Mary Treat
Courtesy of the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society

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William Darwin Fox
William Darwin Fox
CUL DAR 250: 22
Cambridge University Library

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Joseph Dalton Hooker
Joseph Dalton Hooker
CUL DAR 257: 114
Cambridge University Library

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Joseph Simms
Joseph Simms
CUL 8300.c.57
Cambridge University Library

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Alexander von Humboldt
http://biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/34393#/summary
Alexander von Humboldt
Image from the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Digitised by the University of Pittsburgh

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Henrietta Anne Huxley
Henrietta Anne Huxley
CUL 456.c.93.570
Cambridge University Library

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William Winwood Reade
William Winwood Reade
CUL Misc.7.91.18
Cambridge University Library

Darwin on human evolution

'I hear that Ladies think it delightful reading, but that it does not do to talk about it, which no doubt promotes the sale.' For the first time online you can now read the full texts of nearly 800 letters Darwin wrote and received during 1871, the year in which his controversial first public statement on human evolution was published.  The extraordinary number of letters reflects the excitement the book – Descent of man and selection in relation to sex – caused. All 2500 copies of the first printing sold immediately, and 5000 more copies were published during the year. 

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Read and search the full texts of more than 8,500 of Charles Darwin’s letters, and find information on 6,500 more. Discover complete transcripts of all known letters Darwin wrote and received up to the year 1871.

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