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Darwin Correspondence Project

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Francis Darwin
Francis Darwin
CUL DAR 225: 42
Cambridge University Library

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Joseph Dalton Hooker
Joseph Dalton Hooker
CUL DAR 257: 114
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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George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
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George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross (née Evans)), replica by François D'Albert Durade, oil on canvas, 1849, NPG 1405
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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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John Murray
John Murray
CUL 456.d.91.291
Cambridge University Library

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Lydia Ernestine Becker
Lydia Ernestine Becker, The Graphic, Jan 1874, p44
CUL NPR.c.53
Cambridge University Library

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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