May 16, 2007

Darwin's letters go online

The resource, put together by staff at Cambridge University Library, features all the surviving letters from the Beagle voyage which will be available online for the first time.

It also contains all the letters from the years around the publication of the Origin of Species in 1859 including the complete text of a letter written in 1844, in which Darwin famously wrote to Joseph Hooker that admitting to doubts about the immutability of species felt "like confessing a murder".

Darwin exchanged letters with nearly 2,000 people during his lifetime, corresponding with notable scientific figures such as the geologist Charles Lyell, the botanists Asa Gray and Joseph Dalton Hooker, the zoologist Thomas Henry Huxley and the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace.

You'll find the letters here.

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