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Darwin Correspondence Project

Meet the correspondents

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Lydia Ernestine Becker
Lydia Ernestine Becker, The Graphic, Jan 1874, p44
CUL NPR.c.53
Cambridge University Library

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

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Charles Harrison Blackley
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Charles Harrison Blackley
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Copyright of The University of Manchester

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George Busk
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George Busk
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Wellcome Library, London

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John Lubbock
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John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury by George Richmond chalk, 1869, NPG 4869
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© National Portrait Gallery, London

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Frances Julia (Snow) Wedgwood
Frances Julia (Snow) Wedgwood
CUL 457.d.93.124
Cambridge University Library

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Sir James Crichton Browne
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Sir James Crichton Browne, Photograph, ICV No 29012
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Wellcome Library, London

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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