Josiah Wedgewood II

Josiah Wedgwood II (Public Domain)

Josiah Wedgwood II painted by William Owen

Josiah Wedgewood II (1769-1843), Darwin’s uncle, continued his father’s pottery firm and, like his father, he was also an abolitionist meaning that he detested slavery. When Darwin’s father, Robert Darwin, told him that he couldn’t go on the HMS Beagle unless one other man thought it was a good idea, it was Josiah Wedgwood II who supported him and convinced Robert to change his mind…

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