Charles Darwin in Cambridge: The Most Joyful Years by John van Wyhe

By John van Wyhe

Charles Darwin's years as a scholar on the college of Cambridge have been the most vital and formative of his existence. Thereafter he regularly felt a selected affection for Cambridge. For a time he even thought of a Cambridge professorship as a profession and despatched 3 of his sons there to be informed. regrettably the remainder strains of what Darwin really did and skilled in Cambridge have lengthy remained undiscovered. for this reason his daily lifestyles there has remained unknown and misunderstood. This publication relies on new study, together with newly came upon manuscripts and Darwin courses, and gathers jointly reminiscences of these who knew Darwin as a pupil. This e-book hence finds Darwin's time in Cambridge in exceptional aspect.

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Because students like Darwin often paid local tradesmen by account, their individual bills were reported to the College. Hence the Books reveal Darwin’s accounts not just his College but for the barber, grocer, tailor, laundress, chimney sweep and much more. The six record book details for Darwin are given in the Appendix. S. Apr. S. July 1. S. Nov. 21. G. March 5. G. May 29. G. G. March 8. S. June 4. ’ = John Graham. S = Edward John Ash. 28 The term Fellow Commoner has been revived for a type of honorary Fellow.

25] 30 Browne 1995, p. 90. I have been unable to locate a source for this sum, although she may have referred to Erasmus Darwin. F. 1827. Alma Mater, or, seven years at the University of Cambridge. London: Black, Young, and Young, p. 112. 25] Darwin arrived in Cambridge, as the College records reveal for the first time, on Saturday 26 January 1828. He was eighteen years old. As the academic year began the previous October, all College rooms were already full. He therefore took lodgings above the premises of William Bacon, tobacconist, in Sidney Street, less than a minute’s walk from the College Gate.

A. 1940–1954. Alumni Cantabrigienses. Part II, 1752–1900. Cambridge: University Press and Peile, J. 1913. Bibliographical Register of Christ’s College, 1505–1905. vol. II 1666–1905. However these tend to list only those who graduated. The contemporary University Calendar is an excellent resource for identifying who was at each College and to see which offices were currently held by particular Fellows. uk). A. in 1824 and was elected a Finch and Baines Fellow of Christ’s in February 1829, a position he held until October 1830.

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