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What is the "wash" for which Charles Lyell paid 4 shillings and sixpence?

What this passage means is that Darwin's letters, unlike some letters he receives, are worth paying the extra postage for. This meaning of wash is in the OED. Here is their definition, along with some ...
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What did Darwin mean by "approximately the line of Behring's Straits"?

The sense of “line” here is line, n. V.26.a. Track, course, direction; route Oxford English Dictionary. I looked in Life, Letters and Journals of Sir Charles Lyell, Bart., but didn’t find the letter ...
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