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


Thomas Rivers
Thomas Rivers, 1873
Courtesy of the Rivers Heritage Site and Orchard


Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell
Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell
Image from Digitised by Wellesley College Library, Boston Library Consortium


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


Henrietta Emma Darwin
Henrietta Emma Darwin
CUL DAR 225: 52
Cambridge University Library


Lady Florence Caroline Dixie (née Douglas)
Lady Florence Caroline Dixie (née Douglas), by Andrew Maclure, lithograph, published 1877, NPG D16189
© National Portrait Gallery, London


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


John Beddoe
John Beddoe
Image from Digitised by Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

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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