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CD’s notes arising from conversations with J. D. Hooker   8 December 1844


[Notes on conversations with J. D. Hooker.] Geographical distribution; diffusion and distribution of species. Island and mountain floras; means of migration (high-roads, icebergs).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1844
Classmark:  DAR 100: 35–40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-798

To Solicitor?   1 October 1844


CD and Emma request transfer of some shares to E. A. Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Solicitor
Date:  1 Oct 1844
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 977)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-779

To William Benjamin Carpenter   [11 or 18 December 1844]


Thanks WBC for offer to examine specimen and for offer of slices of shells, but has no achromatic microscope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Benjamin Carpenter
Date:  [11 or 18] Dec 1844
Classmark:  University of Rochester Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-753

To J. D. Hooker   1 June [1844]



Asks if J. E. Gray has returned [printing] estimates for Zoology.

Henslow has some Galapagos plants which he forgot to forward to JDH.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 June [1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-754

To Henry Denny   1 June [1844]


Sends HD a reference to human lice from Charles White 1799.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Denny
Date:  1 June [1844]
Classmark:  19th Century Shop (dealer) April 2016
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-754F

To Henry Denny   3 June [1844]


Discusses intestinal worms among humans.

Comments on origin of human races.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Denny
Date:  3 June [1844]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-755

To Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette   [before 8 June 1844]


Sends a quotation from de Vallemont’s Curiosities of nature and art in husbandry and gardening (1707) showing that the value of saltpetre in manure and the advantage of steeping seeds in specially prepared liquid manure were well known at the time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 8 June 1844]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 23, 8 June 1844, p. 380
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-756

To Ernst Dieffenbach   11 June [1844]


About the researches of Ehrenberg. "I have … sent him several packets of objects from my voyage & that of Dr. Hooker".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Dieffenbach
Date:  11 June [1844]
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealers) Cat. 574 1965.11.11–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-757

To J. D. Hooker   29 [June 1844]



Encloses letter from Ehrenberg [758] about Infusoria.

Intends to visit Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 [June 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-759

To C. G. Ehrenberg   4 July [1844]


Astonished that dust sample contains Infusoria. Thinks dust is volcanic. Will write account of falling dust [see 775]. Offers further samples.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg
Date:  4 July [1844]
Classmark:  Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN/HBSB, N005 NL Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg Nr. 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-760

To J. D. Hooker   [14 July 1844]



Health and weather permitting, CD proposes to visit Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [14 July 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-763

To Henry Denny   [27 July – 10 August 1844]


Sends four packets of lice and suggests writing to Dr A. Smith, "the S. African traveller", for assistance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Denny
Date:  [27 July – 10 Aug 1844]
Classmark:  Yale University Medical Historical Library, Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library (MMS)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-763F

To J. D. Hooker   22 July [1844]



Encloses letter from Ehrenberg [762], who wants information on deep-sea soundings from JDH’s voyage, and on isolated islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  22 July [1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-764

To John Stevens Henslow   [25 July 1844]


Sends a specimen of rusty wheat from the banks of the Plata.

Asks for bits of peat he collected

and a bit of the paint used by Fuegians to colour themselves.

He will send these to C. G. Ehrenberg for analysis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [25 July 1844]
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-765

To The Royal Geographical Society   [30 July 1844 – 1 October 1846]


Urgently needs a Spanish map of the Cordilleras of central Chile near St Jago [Santiago].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  R. Geogr. Soc.
Date:  [30 July 1844 – 1 Oct 1846]
Classmark:  Fitzwilliam Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-767

To Josiah Wedgwood III   31 July 1844


Acknowledges receipt of the order for £48 4s. 8d., and offers full indemnity for the £5,000 deposited without security.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III
Date:  31 July 1844
Classmark:  Alan Wedgwood (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-767F

To J. D. Hooker   [25 July – 29 August 1844]



Encloses Ehrenberg letter, Galapagos seaweed, and specimens of Conferva.

H. Denny would like specimens of Antarctic Pediculi.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [25 July–29 Aug 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-768

To Adolf von Morlot   9 August [1844]


Declines to undertake to have AM’s journal published but recommends possible publishers in England.

Expresses scepticism about AM’s glacier theory. Emphasises role of floating ice instead. Mentions article by William Hopkins on movement of glaciers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Adolphe Morlot (Adolph von Morlot)
Date:  9 Aug [1844]
Classmark:  Burgerbibliothek Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-769

To Henry Denny   12 August [1844]


Can hardly believe he made a mistake in specimens sent to HD. Recopies numbers in case he transposed them. [Has to do with lice taken from a specimen of aperea and put into spirits during Beagle voyage.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Denny
Date:  12 Aug [1844]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-770

To Leonard Horner   29 August [1844]


Thanks Horner for his letter [about Volcanic islands].

Discusses craters of elevation with respect to the views of Leopold von Buch and Élie de Beaumont. Compares Lyell’s views to those of continental geologists. Mentions reading A. D. d’Orbigny [Voyage dans l’Amérique méridionale (1835–47)].

Encloses note from Emma to Mrs Horner, inviting the Horners to visit Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Horner
Date:  29 Aug [1844]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-771
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