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To Librarian   27 October [1846 or 1848?]


Orders Andrew Knight’s paper ["An account of some experiments on the fecundation of vegetables", Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. (1799): 195–204] and J. E. Gray’s book [Gleanings from the menagerie and aviary at Knowsley Hall (1846)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Librarian
Date:  27 Oct [1846 or 1848]
Classmark:  University of Michigan Library, Special Collections Research Center (Science and Philosophy Collection, gift of J. Christian Bay)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1013

To the Admiralty   9 [May 1846]


Encloses letter and paper to be forwarded to B. J. Sulivan.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Admiralty
Date:  9 [May 1846]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-694

To Richard Owen   21 [June 1846]


B. J. Sulivan has just arrived with fossil bones from Patagonia. Wants to arrange meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  21 [June 1846]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/204)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-984

To William Crawford Williamson   23 June [1846]


Does not remember where specimens came from. CD picked fossils most likely to contain Infusoria. Discusses composition of Tertiary strata of South America from which they came. Questions WCW’s statement that they contained siliceous matter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Crawford Williamson
Date:  23 June [1846]
Classmark:  Missouri Botanical Garden Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-985

To J. D. Hooker   [8 or 15 July 1846]



Regrets he cannot visit JDH.

Has been talking with Lyell about coal, which he finds utterly perplexing.

Is delighted with the generalisations in latest numbers of Flora Antarctica.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [8 or 15] July 1846
Classmark:  DAR 114: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-986

To John Maurice Herbert   [3 September? 1846]


Is slaving at South America – ¾ finished.

Has discovered geologists never read each other’s works – "the only object in writing a book is a proof of earnestness … Geology is at present very oral".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  [3 Sept? 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 145: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-988

To Charles Lyell   [8 August 1846]


Comments on forthcoming edition [7th (1847)] of CL’s Principles. Mentions other books relevant to CL’s needs by Hooker, H. G. Bronn, Edward Forbes, and J. G. Kölreuter. Discusses his own books on volcanoes and the geology of S. America.

Mentions expected visit to Down by the Lyells.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [8 Aug 1846]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.49)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-990

To Robert Mallet   26 August [1846]


Thanks RM for "Dynamics of earthquakes" [Trans. R. Irish Acad. 21 (1848): 50–106]. It has cleared up his ideas on undulations. Now wishes he had said nothing about them in Journal of researches. Sends his paper ["Certain volcanic phenomena in S. America", Collected papers 1: 53–86]. Wishes RM would investigate Chile. Speculates whether earthquakes coincide with moon or tides.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Mallet
Date:  26 Aug [1846]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-992

To Leonard Horner   [17 August – 7 September 1846]


Discusses proposed survey of Glen Roy. Mentions Glen Roy theories of Agassiz and William Buckland. Includes a memorandum calling for a careful survey of the parallel roads of Glen Roy. Mentions M. A. Bravais ["On the lines of ancient level of the sea in Finmark", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 1 (1845): 534].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Horner
Date:  [17 Aug – 7 Sept 1846]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.53); DAR 145: 136–7 (enclosure)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-993

To J. D. Hooker   [3 September 1846]



Has nearly finished South America.

Pleased to hear JDH has worked out identical and representative species of N. Temperate and Antarctic regions.

Geoffroy Saint Hilaire’s "loi du balancement" as applied to plants.

CD jaded by, but has nearly completed, South America.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [3 Sept 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-996

To John Lindley   [c. 10 October 1846]


CD sends a copy [of South America] to Gardeners’ Chronicle and refers to a passage on Patagonian salt; asks for backing and specific information supplementing his suggestion that an added chloride would increase the salt’s preserving power.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lindley
Date:  [c. 10 Oct 1846]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Lindley, John letters, A–K: 191)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-999

To J. S. Henslow   [5 October 1846]


The third and last part of the Geology [South America] will be published in a few days. Apologises for not sending JSH the other volumes.

Has attended Southampton [BAAS] meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [5 Oct 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A15–A16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1005

To J. D. Hooker   [6 October 1846]



Sulivans are coming on Friday. Can JDH come?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [6 Oct 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1006

To J. D. Hooker   [8 October 1846]



Can JDH bring a good book on Corallina or Nullipora of Lamarck?

CD intends writing paper on their propagation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [8 Oct 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1007

To A. C. Ramsay   10 October [1846]


Thanks ACR for paper and comments on it ["On the denudation of South Wales", Mem. Geol. Surv. G. B. 1 (1846): 297–335].

Sends copy of South America.

Discusses action of the sea.

Criticises ACR’s views on sudden elevation of mountain chains.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Date:  10 Oct [1846]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1008

To Joseph Beete Jukes   [18 October 1846]


Knows nothing about missing fossils collected by J. L. Stokes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Date:  [18 Oct 1846]
Classmark:  University of Oklahoma Libraries History of Science Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1010

To Smith, Elder & Co.   [19 October 1846]


Objects to the stupid way a plate is bound into South America.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co
Date:  [19 Oct 1846]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.51)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1011

To J. D. Hooker   [26 October 1846]



Many thanks for JDH’s beautiful cirripede drawing. Questions on JDH’s observations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [26 Oct 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1012

To Robert FitzRoy   28 October [1846]


Has read RF’s pamphlet on New Zealand [Remarks on New Zealand (1846)]. Sympathises with his difficulties as Governor.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  28 Oct [1846]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1014

To J. D. Hooker   [18 October 1846]



Will be in London tomorrow and will try to pop over to Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [18 Oct 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1015
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