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To Charles Lyell   23 [September 1860]

Summary

Hopes to get Asa Gray’s review of Origin republished.

Argues for single origin of mammals.

Encloses two phylogenetic diagrams indicating possible descent of mammals.

Comments on rodents, marsupials, and dingo in Australia,

and on a paper on the survival of stumps as a result of root grafting.

Argues that man had a single progenitor and consists of a single species.

Comments on destruction of non-white races.

Discusses introduction of rodents to islands by man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  23 [Sept 1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.227)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2925

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  • … voyage of the Coquille , 1822– 5 ( Duperrey 1826–30 , 1, pt 1: 127, 341). See letter from …
  • … Press. 1985–. Duperrey, Louis Isidore. 1826–30. Voyage autour du monde … sur la Corvette …

To Charles Lyell   [3 December 1859]

Summary

Encloses a letter from FitzRoy to the Times.

Mentions letter from W. B. Carpenter accepting single progenitor for major animal classes.

Speculates about Richard Owen’s opinion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [3 Dec 1859]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.182)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2567

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  • … Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 …

To Charles Lyell   [c. 9 January 1839]

Summary

Discusses his Glen Roy paper [(1839), Collected papers 1: 87–137], which he is sending to CL.

Remarks on Charles MacLaren’s treatment of alluvium. Comments on alluvial action in Lochaber.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [c. 9 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-480

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  • … Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the …

To Charles Lyell   [16 December 1843]

Summary

Description and defence of his view of the tosca in Banda Oriental, along the Rio Uruguay and at the Rio Negro, taking issue with A. D. d’Orbigny. Refers to the pumice in the Patagonian Territory. Two tables show the layered tosca formation along the Uruguay.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [16 Dec 1843]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.33)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-724

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  • … du Pérou), exécuté pendant les années 1826 … 1833. 6 vols. in 7 and 4 atlases. Paris and …

To Charles Lyell   [1847 or 1848]

Summary

Replies to note from CL asking about views of glaciers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [1847 or 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 329
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13825F

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  • … he alludes are probably Parry 1824 and 1826, Franklin 1823 and 1828, and J.  Ross 1835 or …

From Charles Lyell   6 and 8 September 1838

Summary

Would like to talk over Salisbury Craigs with CD.

CL’s father enthusiastic over Journal of researches.

Comments on Élie de Beaumont’s theory of mountain elevation.

Asks about parallel lines of upheaval and depression in the Pacific.

Glad CD likes Athenaeum Club.

Comments on methods of work.

Invites CD to visit Kinnordy.

Defends BAAS: "in this country no importance is attached to any body of men who do not make occasional demonstrations of their strength in public meetings".

With respect to Glen Roy, notes existence of deposits destitute of shells.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 and 8 Sept 1838
Classmark:  K. M. Lyell 1881 2: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-425

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  • … Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the …

To Charles Lyell   [8 August 1846]

Summary

Comments on forthcoming edition [7th (1847)] of CL’s Principles. Mentions other books relevant to CL’s needs by Hooker, H. G. Bronn, Edward Forbes, and J. G. Kölreuter. Discusses his own books on volcanoes and the geology of S. America.

Mentions expected visit to Down by the Lyells.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [8 Aug 1846]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.49)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-990

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  • … du Pérou), exécuté pendant les années 1826 … 1833. 6 vols. in 7 and 4 atlases. Paris and …

To Charles Lyell   [1 September 1844]

Summary

Asks about CL’s new book [Travels in North America (1845)].

Discusses views of A. D. d’Orbigny on elevation.

Mentions reading W. H. Prescott [History of the conquest of Mexico (1843)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [1 Sept 1844]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-773

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  • … du Pérou), exécuté pendant les années 1826 … 1833. 6 vols. in 7 and 4 atlases. Paris and …

To Charles Lyell   11 February [1857]

Summary

Discusses a proposed expedition to Australia. Urges collecting and investigating productions of isolated islands. Recommends dredging the sea-bottom.

Mentions keeping Helix pomatia alive in sea-water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Feb [1857]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.145)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2050

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  • … Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 …

To Charles Lyell   9 August [1838]

Summary

Comments on receiving copy of Lyell’s Elements [of geology]. Much is new to CD, and he is copying out notes and references.

Criticises geological work of John Phillips.

Describes expedition to Glen Roy, about which he is writing a paper ["Parallel roads of Glen Roy" (1839), Collected papers 1: 87–137].

Enjoys the Athenaeum Club.

Criticises entomological work of F. W. Hope.

Asks Lyell to obtain for him a copy of barometric readings made at Leith.

Asks him to ascertain altitude of several Scottish lochs.

Comments on FitzRoy’s character.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  9 Aug [1838]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-424

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  • … Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the …

From Charles Lyell   30 September 1861

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Asks for copy of CD’s paper ["Ancient glaciers of Caernarvonshire", Collected papers 1: 163–71]. Gathers that drift of Moel Tryfan is glacial.

Believes Glen Roy roads formed later than submergence of Scotland.

Asks CD’s opinion concerning relative chronology of various glacial deposits, particularly a flint tool find in the Ouse River near Bedford.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Sept 1861
Classmark:  Edinburgh University Library, Centre for Research Collections (Gen.112/2813-16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3270

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  • … 1831. ] Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 1 (1826–33): 331–2. [Vols. 4,9,11] …

To Charles Lyell   [8 February 1845]

Summary

Remarks on fossils described in A. D. d’Orbigny’s Voyage dans l’Amérique méridionale.

Asks CL whether he has talked with John Murray concerning 2d ed. [of Journal of researches].

Mentions conversation with Hugh Cuming about South American shells. Has had G. B. Sowerby (elder) look at some specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [8 Feb 1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.42)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-824

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  • … du Pérou), exécuté pendant les années 1826 … 1833. 6 vols. in 7 and 4 atlases. Paris and …

To Charles Lyell   14 August [1863]

Summary

Congratulates CL on finding Arctic shells.

Comments on paper by E. B. Hunt ["On the origin, growth, substructure and chronology of the Florida reef", Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 35 (1863): 197–210].

Mentions J. D. Dana’s health.

George Bentham’s statement on species [Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (1863): xi–xxix].

Praises Bates’s book [Naturalist on the river Amazons (1863)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  14 Aug [1863]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.296)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4267

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  • … 1831. ] Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 1 (1826–33): 331–2. [Vols. 4,9,11] …
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Darwin’s student booklist

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In October 1825 Charles Darwin and his older brother, Erasmus, went to study medicine in Edinburgh, where their father, Robert Waring Darwin, had trained as a doctor in the 1780’s. Erasmus had already graduated from Cambridge and was continuing his studies…

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  • … find the discipline of medicine more congenial. In October 1826 Charles returned to Edinburgh for a …
  • … training (see letter from E. A. Darwin, [29 September 1826] ). However, Charles’s medical …
  • … Granby  in a letter to his sister dated 29 January 1826 , so perhaps he meant that the list …
  • … Or perhaps, having returned to Edinburgh in the autumn of 1826, he made a list of some books he had …
  • … House.  Darwin wrote to his sister Susan on 29 January [1826] : I have been most …
  • … 1819b and Abernethy 1823 (see n. 3). 10 White 1826. 12 mo: duodecimo. 11 Pennant …
  • … 13 Edinburgh new philosophical journal  vols. 1–19 (1826–64), a continuation of the  Edinburgh …
  • … copy in the Darwin Library–CUL. 16 Hudson 1826; Lister 1826. CD described Lister 1826 as …
  • … A periodical by Samuel Johnson. 20 Smith 1826. 21 Clarke 1810–23. …
  • … th  ed. 2 vols. London. Hudson, Marianne Spencer. 1826.  Almack’s: a novel . 3 vols. …
  • … Blackwood. London: T. Cadell. Lister, Thomas Henry. 1826.  Granby . 3 vols. London. …
  • … of Dr. Darwin . London: J. Johnson. Smith, Horace. 1826.  Brambletye House: or, cavaliers …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • … 1800]— perhaps worth reading quoted by Malthus [Malthus 1826]. Heberdens observations on …
  • … spont. Hybrids. where? Sweet Hortus Britann: [Sweet 1826]— has remarks on acclimatizing of …
  • … 29 Chardin [Chardin 1686] & Bernier [Bernier 1826]. Mack. says very amusing Toland …
  • … [Yarrell 1843] (1 Vol read) Last Edit of Malthus 1826 [Malthus 1826]— (read) Pallas’ …
  • … Baber’s Biography. translat. by Erskine [Baber 1826] Lee Scot’s Narrative of Shipwreck in …
  • … memoire descriptif de la fôret de Bialowcka. Varsovie 1826 [Brincken 1828] quoted by …
  • … generales sur les Mammif. Isid. G. St. Hilaire. 1826? [I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1826] facts on …
  • … 1844].) read Sageret sur les Cucurbitaceæ [Sageret 1826] (Gerard Hybrids [Gérard 1844]) …
  • … North’s lives of L d . Guildford & the Norths [North 1826]. (Erasmus) read Hebrew …
  • … [Lavater 1806–7] Malthus on Population [Malthus 1826] Oct 12 th  W. Earle’s 60 …
  • … [T. Campbell 1828]. Some of Shellys Poems [Shelley 1826] 19 th . Read well Mackenzie …
  • … 8 th  Sageret’s Mem: sur les Cucurbitaceæ [Sageret 1826]— —— 16 Bot. Reports. Ray. Soc. …
  • … I to Tom. XX —— 7 Malthus on population [Malthus 1826] (2 d  time) —— 12 Brickell’s …
  • … Col. Lib Aug. 25. North’s lives of L. North [North 1826] interesting Sept 13. Sismondi …
  • … 1848 Jan 25. W. Tone Autobiography [Tone 1826] very amusing March 10 John Galt …
  • … 1847] goodish —— 20. Berniers Travels [Bernier 1826]— d[itt]o —— 26 Lane’s Water Cure …
  • … of Birds Yarrell has.?— Ramond Acad. of Sci. Jan. 1826 [G. Cuvier 1830]. Flora of Pyrenees …
  • … Bentham has published list of Pyrenes plants [Bentham 1826]. I daresay he w d . go over list with …
  • … These authors were cited in Lesson and Garnot 1826–30. 9  CD did not follow his own …
  • … Paris. [Darwin Library.] *119: 9v.; 119: 1a Baber. 1826.  Memoirs of Zehir-Ed-Din …
  • … and London. [Other eds.] 128: 9 Bentham, George. 1826.  Catalogue des plantes indigènes …
  • … *119: 20v.; 128: 14 Bernier, François. 1826.  Travels in the Mogul Empire A.D.   1656 …
  • … Majesty’s Ships Leven   and Barracouta, from 1821 to 1826. Under the command of   Capt. W. F. …
  • … de l’Académie royale des sciences, pendant l’année 1826, pp. clxix–cc. *128: 167 Dampier, …
  • … “Adventure” and “Beagle” between the years   1826 and 1836 . Edited by Robert FitzRoy. 3 vols. …
  • … *119: 20v. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Isidore. 1826. Mammifères. In Bory de Saint-Vincent, …
  • … the most instructive and amusing lives . 34 vols. London. 1826–33. [Other eds.]  119: 2a …
  • … “Adventure” and “Beagle”   between the years 1826 and 1836 . Edited by Robert FitzRoy. 3 vols. …

Early Days

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment The young Charles Darwin From an early age, Darwin exhibited a keen interest in the natural world. His boyish fascination with naturalist pursuits deepened as he entered college and started to interact with…

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  • … Letter 20 —Darwin to Caroline Darwin [6 Jan 1826] Darwin describes to his sister Caroline his …

Books on the Beagle

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‘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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  • … wrote to his sister during an earlier voyage (16 March 1826): ‘I flatter myself I have a complete …
  • … the Sandwich Islands,   in the years 1824–25 . London, 1826. (DAR 31.2: 333; Stoddart 1962, p.4). …
  • … description of active and extinct volcanoes . . .  London, 1826. (DAR 32.1: 23v., 26). Darwin …
  • … MM. [R. P.] Lesson et [P.] Garnot. 2 vols., atlas. Paris, 1826–30. (DAR 30.2: 184; 31.1: 241). …
  • … journeys across the Pampas and among the Andes.  London, 1826. (DAR 36.1: 469v.). Darwin Library …
  • … dans les deux hémisphères.  2d ed. Paris, Strasbourg, 1826. (DAR 32.1: 56v.). Darwin Library–CUL †. …
  • … Conchifera and Mollusca in a collection formed . . . 1826–30.  Zoological Journal  5 (1832–4). …
  • … Travels in Chile and La Plata . . .  2 vols. London, 1826. (DAR 31.2: 319; letter to Robert Fitzroy …
  • … des côtes de l’Amérique méridionale . . .  Paris, 1826. (DAR 32.1: 1, 2). [Saint Pierre, …
  • … by J. B. B. Eyriès of  Ansichten der Natur , 2d ed., 1826. 2 vols. Paris, 1828. (Letter to …

William Darwin Fox

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Charles Darwin’s cousin, William Darwin Fox, was admitted to Christ’s College, Cambridge, in 1824, three years before Darwin; the two men became close friends. They corresponded throughout their lives, exchanging accounts of their growing families…

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  • … John Stevens Henslow. Fox’s diary and accounts for 1824 to 1826, now in Christ’s College Old Library …

Journal of researches

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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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  • … Majesty’s Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination …

Erasmus moves to London

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Darwin's brother, Erasmus, leaves Edinburgh to go to Cambridge University

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  • … Darwin's brother, Erasmus, leaves Edinburgh to go to Cambridge University …

Philip Gidley King

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King was born in Parramatta, New South Wales on 31 October 1817, son of Captain Phillip Parker King and Harriett (Lethbridge). His grandfather, also named Philip Gidley King, had been governor of New South Wales. As a child, King travelled to England with…

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  • … and in 1824-5 attended school near Deptford in London. From 1826 to1830 he sailed under his father’s …

Darwin in letters, 1837–1843: The London years to 'natural selection'

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The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle voyage was one of extraordinary activity and productivity in which he became recognised as a naturalist of outstanding ability, as an author and editor, and as a professional…

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  • … R. Malthus’  An essay on the principle of population  (1826) furnished him with a causal mechanism …

George Peacock

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George Peacock was born 9 April 1791 in Denton near Darlington in Yorkshire. He was the son of a clergyman, the Rev. Thomas Peacock, curate of Denton for 50 years and school master. George was educated at Sedbergh School, Cumbria and Richmond School in…

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  • … as deacon, then priest and became Vicar of Wymewold in 1826. In 1839 he was appointed Dean of Ely …

Boat Memory

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Boat Memory was one of the indigenous people from Tierra del Fuego brought back to England by Robert FitzRoy in 1830, but he remains as ghostly a figure as his name. What he was called by his own people is unknown, but the name Boat Memory, chosen by…

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  • … Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.  [Edited by Robert FitzRoy.] …

Richard Matthews

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Richard Matthews was 21 years old when he stepped aboard the Beagle, destined for a lonely career as a missionary in Tierra del Fuego. The Church Missionary Society had arranged for him to accompany the three Fuegians (Fuegia Basket, Jemmy Button, and York…

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  • … Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.  [Edited by Robert FitzRoy.] …

York Minster (Elleparu)

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York Minster was known as Elleparu among the Alakaluf, or canoe people from the western part of Tierra del Fuego. He was captured by FitzRoy in 1830 after one the small boats used for surveying the narrow inlets of the coast of Tierra del Fuego had been…

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  • … Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.  [Edited by Robert FitzRoy.] …

ESHS 2018: 19th century scientific correspondence networks

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Sunday 16 September, 16:00-18.00, Institute of Education, Room 802   Session chair: Paul White (Darwin Correspondence Project); Discussion chair: Francis Neary (Darwin Correspondence Project) This session marks the formal launch of Ɛpsilon …

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  • … railroad and bank, and member of a canal commission.  In 1826, Darlington became a founder of the …

Charles Darwin’s letters: a selection 1825-1859

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The letters in this volume span the years from 1825, when Darwin was a student at the University of Edinburgh, to the end of 1859, when the Origin of Species was published. The early letters portray Darwin as a lively sixteen-year-old medical student. Two…

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  • … Malthus’s Essay on the principle of population (London, 1826), he found a clue: in the competition …

Fuegia Basket (Yokcushlu)

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Fuegia Basket was known as Yokcushlu among the Alakaluf, or canoe people from the western part of Tierra del Fuego. She was one of the hostages seized by Robert FitzRoy, after the small boat used for surveying the narrow inlets of the coast of Tierra del…

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  • … Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.  [Edited by Robert FitzRoy.] …

Interview with Pietro Corsi

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Pietro Corsi is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Oxford. His book Evolution Before Darwin is due to be published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. Date of interview: 17 July 2009 Transcription 1: Introduction …

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  • … France for years, hiding in Belgium, Holland and Germany. In 1826 he is put in prison for debts. In …

Jemmy Button (Orundellico)

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Jemmy Button was known as Orundellico among the Yahgan, or canoe people of the southern part of Tierra del Fuego.  He was the fourth hostage taken by FitzRoy in 1830 following the theft of the small surveying boat. This fourteen-year old boy was called…

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  • … Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.  [Edited by Robert FitzRoy.] …

Darwin in letters, 1821-1836: Childhood to the Beagle voyage

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Darwin's first known letters were written when he was twelve. They continue through school-days at Shrewsbury, two years as a medical student at Edinburgh University, the undergraduate years at Cambridge, and the of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle.…

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  • … Darwin's first known letters were written when he was twelve. They continue through his school …

Was Darwin an ecologist?

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One of the most fascinating aspects of Charles Darwin’s correspondence is the extent to which the experiments he performed at his home in Down, in the English county of Kent, seem to prefigure modern scientific work in ecology.

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  • … Cambridge University Press. Malthus, Thomas Robert. 1826.  An essay on the principle of …