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Darwin Correspondence Project

Meet the correspondents

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw82300/Elizabeth-Garrett-Anderson?
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co, carbon print, published February 1889, NPG x8446
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© National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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John Beddoe
http://www.archive.org/stream/shortbiographies00brow#page/n31/mode/2up
John Beddoe
Image from archive.org. Digitised by Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

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Hermann Müller
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AHermann_M%C3%BCller_01.jpg
Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Gundolf Barenthin/Reinhart Müller

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Titus Coan
https://archive.org/details/tituscoanmemoria01coan
Titus Coan
Image from archive.org. Digitised by The Library of Congress

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Frances Power Cobbe
http://wellcomeimages.org/
Frances Power Cobbe, Fom: Life of Frances Power Cobbe by Herself, Published: 1894
L0010481
Wellcome Library, London

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John Lubbock
http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw00236/John-Lubbock-1st-Baron-Avebury?
John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury by George Richmond chalk, 1869, NPG 4869
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© National Portrait Gallery, London

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Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell
https://archive.org/stream/historyofwomansu01stan#page/n465/mode/2up
Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell
Image from archive.org. Digitised by Wellesley College Library, Boston Library Consortium

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.

Darwin for Schools

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