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Books on the Beagle


‘Considering the limited disposable space in so very small a ship, we contrived to carry more instruments and books than one would readily suppose could be stowed away in dry and secure places’. So wrote Captain FitzRoy in the Narrative (2: 18). CD, in his…

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  • … ( Red notebook , pp. 8e, 10;  ‘Beagle’ diary , p. 407). Daniell, John Frederic.  …

Journal of researches


The Journal of researches, Darwin’s account of his travels round the world in H.M.S. Beagle, was his first published book. The circumstances of its publication were not shaped by Darwin, however, but by the Beagle’s captain, Robert FitzRoy, who, according…

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  • … The Journal of researches , Darwin’s account of his travels round the world in H.M.S. Beagle …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings


‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … despondent, yet benevolent man’ (‘Recollections’, p. 407).   Even scientific colleagues could …