At Cambridge in the fall of 1829

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At Cambridge in the fall of 1829, Charles enjoyed an increasingly close relationship with  a professor of botany, John Henslow. He took Henslow's courses, went on long walks  with him, and faithfully attended the Friday night soirees at Henslow's house where  scientists and students gathered to chat about school and science. Under Henslow's  direction, he began a microscopic study of pollen. As at Edinburgh, Charles was happier collecting and exploring than studying. The first  step towards a Bachelor of Arts degree was the "Little Go," a test of classical and  theological knowledge. Charles had a poor background in both fields, but he studied  Greek and Latin, and read texts such as Paley's  Evidences of Christianity,  which argued  that the wonders of nature were clear evidence of an intelligent and benign Creator. On  March 25, 1830, he was ecstatic to learn that he had passed the "Little Go." The 
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