Darwin Correspondence Project

On this site you can read and search the full texts of more than 7,500 of Charles Darwin’s letters, and find information on 7,500 more. Available here are complete transcripts of all known letters Darwin wrote and received up to the year 1869.
More are being added all the time.


  • We are changing

    Posted on February 1st, 2016 in Natural Selections

    For the last few months, we have been working on a brand new website. We are pleased to annouce this will be live for Darwin’s birthday on 12th February. Many thanks to all who have provided us with such useful comments on the existing site.  

  • Server Problems

    Posted on November 4th, 2015 in Natural Selections

    We apologise for the recent problems with our website. The recent hardware fault should now be resolved, and in the meantime we are working on significant changes to the site to go live early next year.

  • Jacket vol 22

    Volume 22 (1874) just published

    Posted on March 12th, 2015 in Natural Selections

    Volume 22 of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin is now available.  Find out what Darwin was up to in 1874: I feel as old as Methusalem; but not much in mind except that I think one takes everything more quietly, as not signifying so much. At the age of 65, Darwin had reflective moments, although […]

  • St. George Jackson Mivart, Wellcome Library, London (CC BY 4.0)

    A ‘scurrilous libel’

    Posted on January 9th, 2015 in Natural Selections

    Letters revealing a unprecedented episode of incandescent anger on Darwin’s part will be published for the first time in the next volume of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin, out next month. The volume contains more than 600 letters from 1874. The target of Darwin’s fury was the Catholic zoologist St George Jackson Mivart who had […]

  • Josiah Wedgwood I, © National Portrait Gallery London (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

    Congratulations, Wedgwood Museum

    Posted on October 3rd, 2014 in Natural Selections

    It is very good news that the Wedgwood archive and pottery collection  has been bought for the nation.  The Darwins and Wedgwoods were so intermarried, it was a Wedgwood family joke that the Darwins were more Wedgwood than Darwin. Charles thought he and his wife, Emma Wedgwood (also his cousin) were rather ‘degenerate descendants of […]