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Darwin Correspondence Project

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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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Adam Sedgwick
http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw40351/Adam-Sedgwick?
Adam Sedgwick by Samuel Cousins, after Thomas Phillips mezzotint, published 1833, NPG D5929Adam Sedgwick by Samuel Cousins, after Thomas Phillips mezzotint, published 1833, NPG D5929
mw40351
© National Portrait Gallery, London

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Francis Darwin
Francis Darwin
CUL DAR 225: 42
Cambridge University Library

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Charles Lyell
Charles Lyell, photograph by Ernest Edwards, 1863, From L. Reeve ed. 1863-6
CUL Ii.4.35
Cambridge University Library

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

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Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Cambridge University Library

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John Stevens Henslow
http://resource.nlm.nih.gov/101418379
John Stevens Henslow by T.H. Maguire
B014334
U.S. National Library of Medicine, IMH

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

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Letter from Darwin to Hooker discussing Origin
https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-DAR-00115-00078-A/8
Letter from Darwin to Hooker discussing Origin
CUL DAR 115: 78
Cambridge University Library

The "wicked book": Origin at 157

Origin is 157 years old.  (Probably) the most famous book in science was published on 24 November 1859.  To celebrate we have uploaded hundreds of new images of letters, bringing the total number you can look at here to over 9000 representing more than 2000 letters, written both before and after the book appeared.   You can now see examples of letters to Darwin from nearly 250 different people, and letters he wrote to 150 more.

…the wicked book which you have been so long a-hatching.

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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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