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To John Higgins   13 December [1850]


Discusses his account. Mentions reduction in rent due to agricultural conditions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  13 Dec [1850]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1375

To Robert Fitch   [December? 1850]


Describes progress of J. de C. Sowerby in engraving fossil cirripede specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Fitch
Date:  [Dec? 1850]
Classmark:  Norwich Castle
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1376

To John Higgins   21 December [1850]


Asks his opinion concerning possible investment. Asks about possible land sale to Mr Mason.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  21 Dec [1850]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/41)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1377

To Albany Hancock   25 December [1850]


Discusses capacity of some cirripedes to bore into rock. Describes progress of his research.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albany Hancock
Date:  25 Dec [1850]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1378

To S. P. Woodward   [April 1850 – January 1851]


Thanks JWF and G. R. Waterhouse for cirripede specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Pickworth Woodward
Date:  [Apr 1850 – Jan 1851]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13807

To J. D. Dana   29 December [1850]


Discusses attachment of antennae in larvae of cirripedes.

Asks for information about how parasitic cirripedes are attached to host.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Dwight Dana
Date:  29 Dec [1850]
Classmark:  Smith College Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1381

To J. S. Bowerbank   [24 April 1850]


Requests permission to include foreign species in Fossil Cirrpedia (1851). Asks whether sponges arrived. Has not yet heard from Pearce about Pollicipes concinus.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Scott Bowerbank
Date:  [24 Apr 1850]
Classmark:  University of Delaware Library (Mark Samuels Lasner Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1382F

To George Brettingham Sowerby Jr   9 January [1850]


Sends thanks for a note and returned drawing.

He is sending more text.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Brettingham Sowerby, Jr
Date:  9 Jan [1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13843

To G. R. Waterhouse   [January–June 1850]


Wishes to propose John Lubbock as a member of the Entomological Society.

Asks for B. H. Hodgson’s pamphlet on sheep ["Tame sheep and goats", J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 16 (1847): 1003–26]. Asks for odd numbers of GRW’s work [A natural history of the Mammalia (1846–8)]. Regrets that this work has stopped.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [Jan–June 1850]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF PAL/100/6/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1144

To Richard Owen   [January – 23 March 1850]


CD regrets the trouble RO has had about C. G. Ehrenberg’s parcel.

He is reading On the nature of limbs [1849] with uncommon interest and admires the way Owen worked out the toes.

Also has read On parthenogenesis [1849] with great interest.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [Jan – 23 Mar 1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1231

To Nathaniel Thomas Wetherell   8 [August 1850]


Has not completed description of NTW’s Loricula. Wants permission to have it figured by James de Carle Sowerby. Does NTW have other fossil cirripedes?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nathaniel Thomas Wetherell
Date:  8 [Aug 1850]
Classmark:  Kotte Autographs (dealers) (April 2019)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1267



Cancelled: part of 1014. Has been dissecting an animal about the size of a pin-head for the last half month. Could spend another month on it 'and daily see some more beautiful structure'.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [1850?]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1282

To W. J. Hooker   [January 1850]


Thanks WJH for information about J. D. Hooker; CD was very anxious to hear something about his safety.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Jackson Hooker
Date:  [Jan 1850]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspondence English letters A–H 1850, 29: 201)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1285

To Adam White   [January–March 1850]


Requests AW to ask Arthur Adams, who is going on a polar expedition to Lancaster Sound, to collect cirripedes.

Asks location of "Cape Rivers".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adam White
Date:  [Jan–Mar 1850]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1286

To Charles Lyell   [3 January 1850]


Discusses CL’s paper, "On craters of denudation" [Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 6 (1850): 207–34], which "will be a thorn in the side of É[lie] de B[eaumont]". Notes evidence from Galapagos overlooked by CL. Mentions other examples of craters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [3 Jan 1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.90)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1287

To Robert Fitch   6 January [1850]


Asks to borrow some more cirripede specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Fitch
Date:  6 Jan [1850]
Classmark:  Norwich Castle
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1288

To Robert Fitch   10 January [1850]


Thanks him for sending fossil cirripede specimens. Unfortunately one was broken in transit. Asks if James de Carle Sowerby may draw specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Fitch
Date:  10 Jan [1850]
Classmark:  Norwich Castle
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1290

To Robert Fitch   15 January [1850]


Discusses fossil cirripede specimens from RF’s collection. Comments on problems of describing their valves.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Fitch
Date:  15 Jan [1850]
Classmark:  Norwich Castle
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1291

To W. D. Fox   [17 January 1850]


Account of the birth of Leonard Darwin, during which he administered the chloroform to Emma.

Continues the water-cure.

Has begun work on fossil cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [17 Jan 1850]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 75)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1292

To J. S. Henslow   17 January [1850]


Announces birth of his fourth son, Leonard.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  17 Jan [1850]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A96–A97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1293
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