For Darwin, letters were a vital form of communication; over his lifetime he had nearly 2,000 correspondents from a variety of backgrounds and from all over the world with whom he shared ideas, observations and samples. 
The Darwin Correspondence Project at Cambridge University Library is a unique undertaking to research and publish both in print and online all of Darwin's 15,000 surviving letters, reuniting those in the Library’s collection with others from collections all around the world.

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‘The Home of the Late Charles Darwin’, The Graphic, (1st July, 1882)

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On his death in 1882 Darwin was celebrated as something of a national hero. Although often controversial, he was “one of the greatest naturalists of…