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To Susan Darwin   [4 September 1831]

Summary

Spent preceding day with Henslow; much to be done. A friend, Alexander Charles Wood, has written to Capt. FitzRoy about CD. Peacock offered appointment as Beagle naturalist first to Leonard Jenyns, who almost accepted, as did Henslow himself. CD will talk to Capt. Francis Beaufort [Hydrographer] and FitzRoy. Thanks all his family.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [4 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-115

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  • … edited by David Brewster and Robert Jameson, 1824– 32. Humboldt 1817 . Coldstream 1826 ; …
  • … Foggo 1826  and 1827. The letter bears a London postmark. CD evidently carried it with him …
  • … Bibliography Coldstream, John. 1826. Account of some of the rarer atmospherical phenomena …
  • … Journal of Science 5: 85–92. Foggo, John. 1826. Results of a meteorological journal kept …

From John Coldstream   13 September 1831

Summary

Suggestions and information helpful to CD in preparation for Beagle voyage. David Brewster’s meteorological papers. Suggests an oyster-trawl for collecting marine animals. Recommends CD see R. E. Grant. For meteorological observations suggests F. W. Beechey’s Voyage to the Pacific [1831] and an interview with J. F. Daniell of King’s College.

Author:  John Coldstream
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Sept 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204.5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-124

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  • … Brewster 1826 , 1823. Beechey 1831 . A copy of another edition (Philadelphia 1832) is in …
  • … 27, 28. 2 vols. London. Brewster, David. 1826. Results of the thermometrical observations …
  • … of the years 1824 and 1825. [Read 23 January 1826. ] Transactions of the Royal Society of …
  • … Royal Soc y .  of Edin r . , published in 1826 or –27. The only other paper to which I can …

From Robert FitzRoy   23 September 1831

Summary

Regrets he cannot take Francis Owen on Beagle as midshipman. RF thinks CD had better be on the books [for victuals], but CD should do as he likes. Refitting progress is slow.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-135

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  • … Bibliography Head, Francis Bond. 1826. Rough notes taken during some rapid journeys across …
  • … brother of Sarah and Fanny Owen. Head 1826 . A hygrometer invented by John Frederic …

From Adam Sedgwick   18 September 1831

Summary

Is glad of CD’s appointment and hopes it will be a source of happiness and honour.

Answers a query about books.

Suggests CD go to Geological Society, present himself, as AS’s friend, to William Lonsdale and study the Society’s collection.

Tells CD of his work in Wales; includes a diagram and explanations.

Ramsay’s death a grievous loss.

Author:  Adam Sedgwick
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204.5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-129

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  • … 1985–. Daubeny, Charles Giles Bridle. 1826. A description of active and extinct volcanoes; …
  • … Sedgwick probably refers to Daubeny 1826  as particularly relevant to South American …

From George Peacock   [c. 26 August 1831]

Summary

Details about FitzRoy and proposed voyage of Beagle. CD invited to go on the voyage as naturalist.

Author:  George Peacock
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 26 Aug 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 97 (ser.2): 11–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-106

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  • … of the southern coasts of South America (1826–30). Robert FitzRoy was appointed commander …
  • … Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 …

To J. S. Henslow    15 [November 1831]

Summary

Sailing date fixed for end of month. Beagle is beautiful. Details of instructions and route. Hopes voyage will not exceed four years. Quarters very confined. Considers Jenyns did wisely in not coming. If CD were longer out of college and some years older he never could have endured it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  15 [Nov 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Henslow letters: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-147

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

To Robert FitzRoy   [19 September 1831]

Summary

Reports on errands he has done for RF. Has discussed with Beaufort the question of his having right to dispose of his collection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [19 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Copy DAR 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-131

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

From Charles Whitley   13 September 1831

Summary

Congratulates CD on Beagle appointment as an "opportunity … of studying all the natural sciences at once, after your own taste".

Author:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Sept 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204.5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-125

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  • … to Madras and the Southern provinces, 1826, and letters written in India. (Edited by …

To Susan Darwin   [14 September 1831]

Summary

Pleasant three-day voyage to Plymouth has increased CD’s admiration for FitzRoy. Describes the Beagle as an excellent vessel, but the want of room is very bad. He likes the officers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [14 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-126

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

To W. D. Fox   19 [September 1831]

Summary

Describes his appointment, the Beagle, his companions, and the objectives of the voyage. Gives his schedule before departure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  19 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-132

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

To Caroline Darwin   12 November [1831]

Summary

The outfitting of the Beagle progresses.

CD has been dining out more than he wishes. He has met W. S. Harris of "Electricity" fame.

His fears and hopes about seasickness.

A new continent has been discovered "somewhere far South". "Perhaps we may be sent in search."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Date:  12 Nov [1831]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-146

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

To Susan Darwin   [6 September 1831]

Summary

Orders clothing, books, and other supplies for the voyage, to be sent to him in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [6 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-119

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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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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 …