behind Down House, where Darwin strolled three times
a day, ruminating on his theories.
'The light side' of the Sandwalk, which opens onto farm land.
success as a man of science,
whatever this may have amounted to, has
been determined, as far as I can judge, by complex and
diversified mental qualities and conditions. Of these, the most
been - the love of science - unbounded patience in long reflecting
over any subject - industry in observing and collecting facts
share of invention as well as of common sense. With such moderate
abilities as I possess, it is truly surprising that I should have
influenced to a considerable extent the belief of
scientific men on
some important points.
of Ateles marginatus.
'Descent of Man.' 1871
expression of the emotions in man and animals.'
My personal 1887 edition of The Descent
of Man, published by John Murray, London.
'Tommy' at Down House.
The 'dark side' of the Sandwalk.
I have steadily
to keep my mind free so
as to give
hypothesis, however much beloved (and I cannot resist forming one on every
subject), as soon as the facts are shown to be
opposed to it.
'The movements and habits of climbing plants.', 1875.
The fine 1881 portrait
in oils by
John Collier was commissioned
by the Linnean Society to honour Darwin.
Several copies were made. One now hangs in the
Gallery, London, another at Down House.
The Collier portrait etched by Leopold Flameng.
formation of vegetable mould : through the action of
worms, with observations on their habits.' 1881.
critics have said, "Oh, he is a good observer,
but he has
no power of
reasoning!" I do not think that this can be true, for the
Species' is one long
argument from the beginning to the end, and it has
convinced not a few able men.
died in April, 1882 and was buried in
to be the last