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Tag Archives: The Beagle Letters

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  • 3
    Apr

    2009

    Darwin Letter Friday

    177 years ago this weekend, Darwin received a bundle of letters from a ship in the harbor of Rio de Janeiro. Correspondence such as these sustained his spirit during his long Beagle voyage. By this point,...

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  • 19
    Dec

    2008

    Darwin Letter Friday

    Charles “connoisseur of deserts” Darwin has reached Cape Town, which he finds to be a great mass of boarding houses and inns, bustling with travelers to the far East and back. The word “Nabobs”...

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  • 19
    Sep

    2008

    Darwin Letter Friday

    As Darwin watches the preparation of the H.M.S. Beagle, he gets (understandably) excited. It also turns out that Captain FitzRoy was popular with the ladies. Darwin fears that he will get seasick on the...

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  • 12
    Sep

    2008

    Darwin Letter Friday

    The writer’s life hasn’t changed much. Move to the big city, live in a tiny apartment, and get dragged down by all the distractions and frustrations that accompany this process. When I moved...

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  • 5
    Sep

    2008

    Darwin Letter Friday

    September 5, 2008 What do you pack for a journey around the world? Well, if the year is 1831, guns. Lots of them. Charles Darwin wrote his sister Susan 177 years ago tomorrow with a packing list for the...

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  • 29
    Aug

    2008

    Darwin Letter Friday

    Daddy! I wanna go on the boat! The fateful decision is made September 1: Charles Darwin will indeed sail on the Beagle. Here’s some back-and-forth between Charles, his father, and Francis Beaufort,...

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  • 8
    Aug

    2008

    Darwin Letter Friday

    On August 7, 1832, in Montevideo, Charles Darwin is packing heat. He’s getting grizzled, turning into a rough and tumble explorer. Two weeks earlier he writes: “our beards are all sprouting.—...

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