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CHARLES DARWIN.

A PAPER CONTRIBUTED

TO THE TRANSACTIONS OF THE SHROPSHIRE
ARCHEOLOGICAL SOCIETY.

By

EDWARD WOODALL.

LONDON:-TRÜBNER AND CO.

SHREWSBURY:-ADNITT AND NAUNTON.
OSWESTRY:-WOODALL AND Co.

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PREFACE.

THE reader must be kind enough to remember that the following Memoir was written for the Transactions of the Shropshire Archæological and Natural History Society, or he will fail to understand why so much is made of the local references in Mr. Darwin's works. The writer lays no claim to the knowledge which is necessary in dealing with scientific enquiries. He was asked to prepare this short paper, and consented because it seemed to him that the Transactions of the Shropshire Natural History Society should certainly contain some memorial of a native of Shrewsbury who became the greatest naturalist of the age. Particulars of Mr. Darwin's early days have been kindly supplied to the writer; and, brief as it is, this record probably contains the most complete account of his life which has yet appeared. For the sketch of his scientific works many authorities have been consulted, including Mr. Darwin's own statements, and the writer believes it is accurate, although it differs in some points from the accounts published in various scientific periodicals. To prepare this Memoir has been a pleasant task, for it is writen as a tribute of profound veneration for the noble character and lofty genius of Mr. Darwin.

Wingthorpe, Oswestry,

August 1st, 1884.

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