On 6th March 1860, Charles Darwin advised a scientist he correctly believed to be sceptical of his views how to go about reading ‘On the Origin of Species’.
On 2nd January 1860, the mathematician, science historian, polymath, and coiner of the term ‘scientist’, William Whewell, wrote to Charles Darwin to acknowledge receipt of his copy of the first edition of ‘On the Origin of Species’.
Forget the biographies. Forget the published works. If you really want to get to know Charles Darwin in person, you need to read his correspondence.
The University of Cambridge Zoological Museum has a rather wonderful box of beetle specimens collected by Charles Darwin when he was at the university. Here are some photos.