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From Emily Catherine Darwin   15 [January 1837]

Summary

Morning Herald had an account of CD’s 80 specimens of Mammalia and 450 birds at the Zoological Society.

John Gould has described new species in CD’s Galapagos birds.

Much interest in CD’s "Laurels".

Family news.

Author:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 [Jan 1837]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 142
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-341

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  • … 21. 2 vols. London. Head, Francis Bond. 1826. Rough notes taken during some rapid journeys …
  • … Caroline Sarah Darwin. Proctor 1825 . Miers 1826 . Caldcleugh …
  • … 1825 . Head 1826 . Erasmus Alvey Darwin. Syms Covington became CD’s servant in the Beagle …
  • … Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 …
  • … Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the …
  • … Society of London 5: 3–4. Miers, John. 1826. Travels in Chile and La Plata, including …

To Richard Owen   [c. December 1837]

Summary

Sends remaining proofs of RO’s description of Toxodon [Fossil Mammalia] and a revise of first part. Will Owen want a second revise? CD has made "plenty of remarks".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [c. Dec 1837]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-389

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  • … account of Orbigny’s travels in South America between 1826 and 1828, had been published. …
  • … du Pérou), exécuté pendant les années 1826 … 1833. 6 vols. in 7 and 4 atlases. Paris and …

To J. S. Henslow   [1 August 1837]

Summary

Botanical queries for Journal of researches, which is about to go to press.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [1 Aug 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Henslow letters: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-368

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

To William Whewell   18 June [1837]

Summary

Asks Whewell questions on earthquake wave action.

Thanks him for signature [to CD’s request to Chancellor of the Exchequer for funds for Zoology].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whewell
Date:  18 June [1837]
Classmark:  Trinity College, Cambridge (Add c 88: 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-361

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

To William Whewell   [10 March 1837]

Summary

CD seeks to decline the Secretaryship [of the Geological Society] by citing his obligation to FitzRoy to write his volume of the narrative of their expedition. His youth, inexperience, and ignorance of English geology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whewell
Date:  [10 Mar 1837]
Classmark:  Trinity College, Cambridge (Add c 88: 2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-347

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

From Catherine and Caroline Sarah Darwin   [16 February 1837]

Summary

News of family and friends.

Caroline repeats story told to R. W. Darwin of FitzRoy’s feeling of obligation to Captain John White, from whom he gained release to marry Miss O’Brien.

Fanny Biddulph has had a son.

Author:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton; Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [16 Feb 1837]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-344

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

To Leonard Jenyns   10 April [1837]

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Discusses possibility of publishing the zoology of the voyage of the Beagle. Will need help from more able naturalists. Would LJ object to describing the fishes for such a work rather than for scientific journals? Is working on his Beagle journal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  10 Apr [1837]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-354

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  • … William Sharp MacLeay. Rüppell 1826–8. Humboldt and Bonpland 1811–33. According to a …

From Robert FitzRoy   15 November 1837

Summary

RF declines to give an opinion on the wording of the preface to CD’s volume [Journal and remarks, vol. 3 of Narrative, published separately as Journal of researches] and refers him to a disinterested third party.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1837
Classmark:  DAR 164: 132
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-386

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

To Caroline Darwin   [19 May – 16 June 1837]

Summary

Sends a number of questions (to put to his father), mainly concerned with transmission of diseases, between Europeans and natives, "people packed together", etc.

Is investigating how to get Government support [for Zoology].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Date:  [19 May – 16 June 1837]
Classmark:  DAR 154: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-360

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

From Adam Sedgwick to the Geological Society of London   10 July 1837

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Referee’s report on "Elevation on the coast of Chili" [(1838), Collected papers 1: 41–3] and paper by Alexander Caldcleugh on same subject. Recommends printing CD’s in Transactions and shortening Caldcleugh’s. [W. Lonsdale’s note shows CD’s paper withdrawn 15 Nov 1837, Caldcleugh’s ordered not printed 15 Nov 1837.]

Author:  Adam Sedgwick
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  10 July 1837
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/COM/P/4/2/49)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-365

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

To William Lonsdale   [May? 1837]

Summary

Sends an abstract made by J. F. Royle of CD’s paper ["On certain areas of elevation and subsidence in the Pacific and Indian Oceans"]. G. B. Greenough will have problems with the altered references in the coral island section.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Lonsdale
Date:  [May? 1837]
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/3/169)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-383A

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

To William Shoberl   [22 or 23 September 1837]

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Thanks WS for a document [see 379]. Promises to send MS and woodcuts before night. Discusses details of printing and correction. Thanks WS and Henry Colburn for assistance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Shoberl
Date:  [22–3 Sept 1837]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-380

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

To Leonard Jenyns   3 December [1837]

Summary

CD is glad LJ is describing the fishes [for Zoology]; would not have permitted J. E. Gray to describe them. New species will be lithographed.

Suggests books; offers coloured drawings made by artist on Beagle voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  3 Dec [1837]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-391

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

To J. S. Henslow   18 [May 1837]

Summary

Plans to apply to Government for assistance with publishing Zoology.

Robert Brown has taken an interest in the fossil woods.

CD is at work on his journal. Has not begun his geology yet. Has seen much of Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  18 [May 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Henslow letters: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-355

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

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 …

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 …

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 …