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Darwin Correspondence Project

Meet the correspondents

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Asa Gray
Asa Gray
CUL DAR 257:109
Cambridge University Library

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

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Jane Loring Gray
http://botlib.huh.harvard.edu/libraries/Gray_Bicent/gray_jane.htm
Jane Loring Gray , 1886
Courtesy of the Gray Herbarium

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

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

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Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell
https://archive.org/stream/historyofwomansu01stan#page/n465/mode/2up
Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell
Image from archive.org. Digitised by Wellesley College Library, Boston Library Consortium

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John Lubbock
http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw00236/John-Lubbock-1st-Baron-Avebury?
John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury by George Richmond chalk, 1869, NPG 4869
mw00236
© National Portrait Gallery, 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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