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Conrad Martens
http://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=404668
Conrad Martens, ca. 1840, painted by Maurice Felton
ML 28
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

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Alfred Russel Wallace
http://enriqueta.man.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/6vu7ve
Alfred Russel Wallace
R8475
Copyright of The University of Manchester

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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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Lady Florence Caroline Dixie (née Douglas)
http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw74711/Lady-Florence-Caroline-Dixie-ne-Douglas?
Lady Florence Caroline Dixie (née Douglas), by Andrew Maclure, lithograph, published 1877, NPG D16189
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© National Portrait Gallery, London

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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
mw82300
© National Portrait Gallery, London

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Leonard Jenyns
Leonard Jenyns, aged 85
CUL Q479.c.8.8
Cambridge University Library

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Thomas Henry Huxley
Thomas Henry Huxley, photograph by Ernest Edwards, c. 1863. From L. Reeve ed. 1863-6
CUL Ii.4.35
Cambridge University Library

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Henrietta Anne Huxley
Henrietta Anne Huxley
CUL 456.c.93.570
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.

Darwin for Schools

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