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John Tweedie and Charles Darwin in Buenos Aires.
Notes Rec R Soc Lond. 2012 Jun 20; 66(2):115-24.NR

Abstract

The journey of exploration undertaken by Charles Darwin FRS during the voyage of HMS Beagle has a central place within the historical development of evolutionary theory and has been intensively studied. Despite this, new facts continue to emerge about some of the details of Darwin's activities. Drawing on recently published Darwin material and unpublished letters in the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, we document a hitherto unexamined link between Darwin and John Tweedie (1775-1862), a relatively obscure Scottish gardener turned South American plant collector. All of the available evidence points to a meeting between the two men in Buenos Aires in 1832. Tweedie provided Darwin with information about the geography of the Rio Paraná, including the locality of fossilized wood eroding from the river bank. It also seems likely that Tweedie supplied Darwin with seeds that he later shipped back to John Stevens Henslow in Cambridge. Although this brief meeting was at the time relatively unimportant to either man, echoes of that encounter have resonated with Tweedie's descendants to the present day and have formed the basis for a family story about a written correspondence between Darwin and Tweedie. Local information supplied to Darwin by residents such as Tweedie was clearly important and deserves further attention.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, School of Science and Technology, Newton Building, Avenue Campus, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 6JD, UK. jeff.ollerton@northampton.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Biography
Historical Article
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23045784

Citation

Ollerton, Jeff, et al. "John Tweedie and Charles Darwin in Buenos Aires." Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, vol. 66, no. 2, 2012, pp. 115-24.
Ollerton J, Chancellor G, van Wyhe J. John Tweedie and Charles Darwin in Buenos Aires. Notes Rec R Soc Lond. 2012;66(2):115-24.
Ollerton, J., Chancellor, G., & van Wyhe, J. (2012). John Tweedie and Charles Darwin in Buenos Aires. Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, 66(2), 115-24.
Ollerton J, Chancellor G, van Wyhe J. John Tweedie and Charles Darwin in Buenos Aires. Notes Rec R Soc Lond. 2012 Jun 20;66(2):115-24. PubMed PMID: 23045784.
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