Darwin's negro bird-stuffer

@article{Freeman1978DarwinsNB,
  title={Darwin's negro bird-stuffer},
  author={Richard B. Freeman},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  year={1978},
  volume={33},
  pages={83 - 86}
}
  • R. Freeman
  • Published 1 August 1978
  • Sociology
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Charles Darwin wrote in his Autobiography (1, 2) that when he was a medical student at Edinburgh (1825 Oct.—1827 Apr.) ‘a negro lived in Edinburgh, who had travelled with Waterton, and gained his livelihood by stuffing birds, which he did excellently: he gave me lessons for payment, and I often used to sit with him, for he was a very pleasant and intelligent man’. Darwin does not name him and he is not mentioned in Darwinian literature except in Ashworth’s account of the Edinburgh years (3) and… Expand
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