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Darwin Correspondence Project

Meet the correspondents

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Charles Harrison Blackley
http://enriqueta.man.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/2os6gx
Charles Harrison Blackley
MMC/2/BlackleyC/1/29
Copyright of The University of Manchester

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

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Frances Power Cobbe
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Frances Power Cobbe, Fom: Life of Frances Power Cobbe by Herself, Published: 1894
L0010481
Wellcome Library, London

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William Darwin Fox
William Darwin Fox
CUL DAR 250: 22
Cambridge University Library

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Joseph Simms
Joseph Simms
CUL 8300.c.57
Cambridge University Library

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

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Clémence Royer
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/71895#page/257/mode/1up
Clémence Royer, from Les femmes dans la science, by Alphonse Rebière, 1897
Image from the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Digitised by University of Toronto

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Emma Darwin
Emma Darwin with Leonard Darwin as a child
CUL DAR 225: 93
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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