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Darwin Correspondence Project

Meet the correspondents

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Clémence Royer
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/71895#page/257/mode/1up
Clémence Royer, from Les femmes dans la science, by Alphonse Rebière, 1897
Image from the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Digitised by University of Toronto

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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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Frances Julia (Snow) Wedgwood
Frances Julia (Snow) Wedgwood
CUL 457.d.93.124
Cambridge University Library

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Joseph Simms
Joseph Simms
CUL 8300.c.57
Cambridge University Library

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Titus Coan
https://archive.org/details/tituscoanmemoria01coan
Titus Coan
Image from archive.org. Digitised by The Library of Congress

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Hermann Müller
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AHermann_M%C3%BCller_01.jpg
Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Gundolf Barenthin/Reinhart Müller

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Henrietta Anne Huxley
Henrietta Anne Huxley
CUL 456.c.93.570
Cambridge University Library

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Frances Power Cobbe
http://wellcomeimages.org/
Frances Power Cobbe, Fom: Life of Frances Power Cobbe by Herself, Published: 1894
L0010481
Wellcome Library, London

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Letter from Darwin to Hooker discussing Origin
https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-DAR-00115-00078-A/8
Letter from Darwin to Hooker discussing Origin
CUL DAR 115: 78
Cambridge University Library

The "wicked book": Origin at 157

Origin is 157 years old.  (Probably) the most famous book in science was published on 24 November 1859.  To celebrate we have uploaded hundreds of new images of letters, bringing the total number you can look at here to over 9000 representing more than 2000 letters, written both before and after the book appeared.   You can now see examples of letters to Darwin from nearly 250 different people, and letters he wrote to 150 more.

…the wicked book which you have been so long a-hatching.

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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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