14-May-1856: Darwin starts writing his ‘big species book’

On 14 May 1856, Charles Darwin recorded in his journal that, on the advice of his friend Charles Lyell, after almost 20 years exploring the subject, he had finally begun writing a ‘sketch’ of his ideas on species.

Darwin in plain English?

In which I attempt to rewrite the wonderful final paragraph of ‘On the Origin of Species’ using only the 1,000 most common English words.