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Notes on marriage   [after 7 Apr 1838]

Summary

Published as an appendix to vol. 2 of the Correspondence; see https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/tags/about-darwin/family-life/darwin-marriage. Considers his options for the future. Debates marriage and the best place to live. Feels the need for experiment and direct observation which would be difficult living in London; he "could not go on as Lyell does correcting & adding up new information to old train".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 7 Apr 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8 :1, DAR 210.8: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-409

Notes on marriage   [July 1838]

Summary

Published as an appendix to vol. 2 of the Correspondence; see https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/tags/about-darwin/family-life/darwin-marriage. Debates with himself the pros and cons of marriage. Considers plans for future.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [July 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-420

To [unidentified]   12 September [1838]

Summary

Seeks permission to make another visit to Addiscombe [Military College] to see again the model of St Helena. He needs to correct proportion of some geological sections in his Geology [see Volcanic islands, ch. 4].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  12 Sept [1838]
Classmark:  The Morgan Library and Museum, New York (Gordon N. Ray Collection MA 13958)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-427

To Thomas Livingstone Mitchell   [1838]

Summary

Sends suggestions for points that would interest geologists in a description of valleys in the Blue Mountains [New South Wales].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Livingstone Mitchell
Date:  [1838]
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney (A 295/1, vol. VI., Misc. pp. 85–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-468

To George Robert Gray   [4 December 1838]

Summary

Sends GRG a few pages of proofs [of Birds]. Asks him to make any observations that might occur to him and to check passages in French and Latin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [4 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (14 December 1976)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-451

To Joseph Beete Jukes   6 December 1838

Summary

The Geological Society cannot recommend anyone to the Government of Newfoundland, but CD advises JBJ to get a recommendation from Sedgwick.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Date:  6 Dec 1838
Classmark:  University of Oklahoma Libraries History of Science Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-453

To G. R. Gray   [6 December 1838]

Summary

Sends proofs [of Birds, no. 2]. Asks GRG to check Latin accents.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [6 Dec 1838?]
Classmark:  Leiden University Libraries (BPL 885 / Darwin s.a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-454

To the Secretary of the American Philosophical Society   20 December 1838

Summary

As Secretary of the Geological Society of London, formally expresses his thanks for initial numbers of Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Secretary, American Philosophical Society
Date:  20 Dec 1838
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-458

To Adam Sedgwick   21 [December 1838]

Summary

CD informs AS of the position of the Council of the Geological Society on recommending J. B. Jukes for a geological survey of Newfoundland. Feels Jukes’s application would have best chance of success if Sedgwick, his Professor at Cambridge, wrote a letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adam Sedgwick
Date:  21 [Dec 1838]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library Add 7652 IB: 175
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-459

To J. B. Jukes   25 December [1838]

Summary

Advises JBJ on preparing himself for geological work in Newfoundland.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Date:  25 Dec [1838]
Classmark:  University of Oklahoma Libraries History of Science Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-461

To C. T. Whitley    [8 May 1838]

Summary

Treasures recollections of old friends but seldom sees any. Has turned "a complete scribbler".

His scientific activities.

No wife in sight so far.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  [8 May 1838]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-411A

To William Lonsdale   [15 May 1838]

Summary

Returns his paper for publication ["Volcanic phenomena in South America" (1840), Collected papers 1: 53–86].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Lonsdale
Date:  [15 May 1838]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-412

To Susan Darwin   [15 May 1838]

Summary

Recounts dinner at Erasmus’ house with Harriet Martineau and others, and a visit to Cambridge to stay with Henslow and meet old friends again.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [15 May 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 223: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-413

To John Forbes Royle   [24 May 1838]

Summary

Would like to attend a lecture by JFR on "geography of plants with relation to the Himalayas".

"A grand battle" at the Geological Society between Sedgwick and G. B. Greenough.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Forbes Royle
Date:  [24 May 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 397
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-415

To Charles Wood   24 May 1838

Summary

Asks for permission to have a copy of the published Admiralty chart of the Island of Ascension. The engraved chart will add value to the geological observations to be published in the natural history of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Wood, Lord Halifax, 1st Viscount Halifax
Date:  24 May 1838
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (ADM 1 4548/Pro D170)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-415A

To George Robert Waterhouse   [August 1838–40]

Summary

Determined to make GRW a geologist. Sends copy of C. Lyell [?Elements of geology (1838)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [Aug 1838–40]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-416

To William Lonsdale   [c. June 1838]

Summary

Responds to report of the referee [on his paper "The formation of mould"]. Strikes out a paragraph and wants to add a note. Asks WL’s advice about a sentence.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Lonsdale
Date:  [c. June 1838]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-417

To W. D. Fox   [15 June 1838]

Summary

Has not been well.

Plans a geological trip to Glen Roy in Scotland.

Thanks WDF for remembering the crossing of animals, CD’s "prime hobby". "I really think some day I shall be able to do something on that most intricate subject species and varieties."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [15 June 1838]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 54)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-419

To William John Broderip   [August–December 1838]

Summary

Would like to arrange a meeting about CD’s collection of shells [from the Beagle voyage].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William John Broderip
Date:  [Aug–Dec 1838]
Classmark:  Fitzwilliam Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-422

To Charles Lyell   9 August [1838]

Summary

Comments on receiving copy of Lyell’s Elements [of geology]. Much is new to CD, and he is copying out notes and references.

Criticises geological work of John Phillips.

Describes expedition to Glen Roy, about which he is writing a paper ["Parallel roads of Glen Roy" (1839), Collected papers 1: 87–137].

Enjoys the Athenaeum Club.

Criticises entomological work of F. W. Hope.

Asks Lyell to obtain for him a copy of barometric readings made at Leith.

Asks him to ascertain altitude of several Scottish lochs.

Comments on FitzRoy’s character.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  9 Aug [1838]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-424
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