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Darwin Correspondence Project

Meet the correspondents

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Hermann Müller
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Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Gundolf Barenthin/Reinhart Müller

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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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John Stevens Henslow
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John Stevens Henslow by T.H. Maguire
B014334
U.S. National Library of Medicine, IMH

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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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Sir James Crichton Browne
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Sir James Crichton Browne, Photograph, ICV No 29012
V0028544
Wellcome Library, London

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Marianne North
http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw122179/Marianne-North?
Marianne North, 1880s, NPG x128767
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© National Portrait Gallery, London

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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

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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