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Frances Power Cobbe
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Frances Power Cobbe, Fom: Life of Frances Power Cobbe by Herself, Published: 1894
L0010481
Wellcome Library, London

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Sir James Crichton Browne
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Sir James Crichton Browne, Photograph, ICV No 29012
V0028544
Wellcome Library, London

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Alfred Russel Wallace
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Alfred Russel Wallace
R8475
Copyright of The University of Manchester

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Asa Gray
Asa Gray
CUL DAR 257:109
Cambridge University Library

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Thomas Henry Huxley
Thomas Henry Huxley, photograph by Ernest Edwards, c. 1863. From L. Reeve ed. 1863-6
CUL Ii.4.35
Cambridge University Library

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

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John Lubbock
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John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury by George Richmond chalk, 1869, NPG 4869
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© National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alexander von Humboldt
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Alexander von Humboldt
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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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