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Pocket Diaries

Darwin's Pocket Diary (DAR 158), or 'Journal' as he labeled it, is an invaluable tool for dating the progress of Darwin's scientific career and, indeed, for following the course of his life. Begun in September 1838, he filled it in (or copied it) in what may have been one continuous effort, from his birth in 1809 up to 6 September 1838. Thereafter, up through the last entry, in December 1881, he added to the Journal regularly. On many of the openings, the left-hand page is devoted to his scientific work and on the right-hand page to personal events. The earlier Diary of 1826 (DAR 129), opened halfway through his first year at Edinburgh, contains some of his earliest scientific observations.

Journal 1838-1881

Diary 1826