Darwin’s student days

Darwin Online is a massive repository of Darwin material. They’ve just released previously unknown student bills from Charles Darwin’s time in Cambridge. Among other details, the Christ’s College ledgers reveal he paid extra for vegetables with dinner and occupied the most expensive rooms for an undergraduate.

His account included bills for the apothecary, barber, bedmaker, shoeblacker, porter, library books, brazier, coal, cook, chimney sweep, scullion, grocer, glazier, hatter, smith, steward, laundress, tailor, private tuition, linen draper, woollen draper, and painter.

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