Was Charles Darwin married

Charles Darwin and the Pros and Cons of Marriage

JournalToday we were guests at a delightful wedding on the beach at Byron Bay.

The first reading was from the Gospel according to Charles Darwin.

Charles Darwin was a prolific journal keeper – the prototypical blogger! His complete works are available online at . His private papers are held by Cambridge University, and amongst these is Darwin’s methodical anaylsis of the benefits of marriage.

In July 1838, aged 29, he had returned from his 5 year voyage on the HMS Beagle and had spent 2 years back in London living in grand batchelor style. A decision had to made. In his journal, he weighed up the Pros and Cons of marriage using a scientific approach.

This is the Question


  • Children (if it Please God)
  • Constant companion (and friend in old age) who will feel interested in one
  • Object to be beloved and played with. Better than a dog anyhow
  • Home, & someone to take care of house
  • Charms of music and female chit-chat
  • These things good for one’s health—but terrible loss of time
  • My God, it is intolerable to think of spending one’s whole life, like a neuter bee, working, working, and nothing after all—No, no, won’t do
  • Imagine living all one’s day solitary in smoky dirty London House
  • Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire and books and music perhaps
  • Compare this vision with the dingy reality of Great Marlboro Street, London

WeddingNot Marry

  • Freedom to go where one liked
  • Choice of Society and little of it
  • Conversation of clever men at clubs
  • Not forced to visit relatives and bend in every trifle
  • Expense and anxiety of children
  • Perhaps quarrelling
  • Loss of Time
  • Cannot read in the evenings
  • Fatness and idleness
  • Anxiety and responsibility
  • Less money for books etc.
  • If many children forced to gain one’s bread (But then it is very bad for one’s health to work too much)
  • Perhaps my wife won’t like London; then the sentence is banishment and degradation into indolent, idle fool

Marry, Marry, Marry Q.E.D.

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