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To ?    16 August [1854–8]


Should like to examine the correspondent’s Madeira cirripedes but is too much occupied with other subjects of natural history.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  16 Aug [1854-8]
Classmark:  DAR 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1578A

To a librarian   [early September? 1854]


Will return all but two volumes; requests four titles, including Pepys’s Diaries, but not the first volume.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [early Sept? 1854]
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 9763)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1592F

To Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood   18 [August 1854]


Thanks for writing about E. A. Darwin’s illness. Will never forget the comfort she was [when Anne Darwin died, 1851].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frances Emma Elizabeth (Fanny) Wedgwood
Date:  18 [Aug 1854]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1547

To J. A. H. de Bosquet   19 January [1854]


Further comments on JAHdeB’s MS.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Augustin Hubert de Bosquet
Date:  19 Jan [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1548

To the Ray Society   [before 23 January 1854]


"A letter having been read from Mr. Darwin stating that the MSS of the 2nd vol. of his work [Living Cirripedia] extended to 900 pages it was resolved that the whole be published in one volume."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ray Society
Date:  [before 23 Jan 1854]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Library MSS RAY)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1549

To Edward Sabine   31 January [1854]


Declines the honour of writing a biography of Leopold von Buch, on grounds that he would not do it well; nor does he hold Buch so high as the world at large does.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Sabine
Date:  31 Jan [1854]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (Sa: 389)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1550

To Edward Sabine   5 February [1854]


Thanks ES for his note [missing]. CD had understood that what was wanted was a eulogy [of Leopold von Buch] combined with historical criticism, after the French practice. Agrees that historico-critical sketches of work of great foreigners have a place in Philosophical Transactions and wishes he had taste and capacity for it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Sabine
Date:  5 Feb [1854]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (Sa: 390)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1552

To J. D. Hooker   [9 or 16 February 1854]


Has received JDH’s book [Himalayan journals (1854)]. Is very gratified by the dedication to him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [9 or 16] Feb 1854
Classmark:  Oliver N. Hooker (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1552F

To Charles Lyell   18 February [1854]


Comments on CL’s plan to visit Tenerife.

Discusses inclination of strata on islands and around mountains.

Personal affairs of several scientists.

Visit by Henslow.

Notes publication by Hooker [Himalayan journals (1854)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  18 Feb [1854]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.108)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1553

To J. S. Henslow   20 February [1854]


Honoured and gratified by the dedication [to CD] of Hooker’s book [Himalayan journals].

News of Lyell from Madeira.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  20 Feb [1854]
Classmark:  Sutro Library, California State Library, San Francisco (Crocker collection: folder #11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1554

To Philip Gidley King    21 February 1854


PGK’s letter stirred memories of their old days in the Beagle.

Gives news of his work on cirripedes. Would like to examine Scalpellum papillosum of King from Patagonia if PGK’s father has a duplicate in his collection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Gidley King
Date:  21 Feb 1854
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney (MLMSS 3447/2 Item 1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1554A

To the Palaeontographical Society   [before 24 February 1854]


Letter from CD about a monograph of fossil Balanidae. Resolved that CD be asked to complete the monograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Palaeontographical Society
Date:  [before 24 Feb 1854]
Classmark:  British Geological Survey Archives (Palaeontographical Society minutes)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1555

To J. D. Hooker   1 March [1854]



Thanks JDH for dedication of Himalayan journals. CD praises the work and suggests stylistic revisions.

Lyell’s remarks on lava beds in letter from Madeira are not original – they refer exclusively to Élie de Beaumont’s data.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 Mar [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1556

To J. D. Hooker   10 March [1854]



More praise for Himalayan journals.

How remote was glacial action in Himalayas?

Implies Himalayas were birthplace of many plants.

Final volume of Cirripedia to be printed in two or three months.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Mar [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1558

To John Higgins   18 March [1854]


Discusses price of a farm.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  18 Mar [1854]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/75)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1560

To John Higgins   23 March [1854]


Discusses investments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  23 Mar [1854]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/76)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1561

To J. D. Hooker   26 March [1854]



CD welcomes the prospect of the Philosophical Club of the Royal Society as means for seeing old acquaintances and making new ones. Will try to go up to London regularly.

Admits that the warning from JDH and Asa Gray (that more harm than good will come from combat over the species issue) makes him feel "deuced uncomfortable".

Reflects upon the complexity of Agassiz; how singular that a man of his eminence and immense knowledge "should write such wonderful stuff & bosh".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 Mar [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1562

To J. W. Lubbock   28 March [1854]


Distressed to find himself in conflict with JWL on appointment of a Guardian [for the parish].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John William Lubbock, 3d baronet
Date:  28 Mar [1854]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (LUB: D20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1563

To J. E. Gray   28 March [1854]


Asks for parts of The zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror [1844–75].

Asks about the arrangement of cirripedes at the Museum; hopes JEG will keep CD’s names.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Gray
Date:  28 Mar [1854]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Zoology letters 2: 56)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1564

To Robert Patterson   6 April [1854]


He has returned William Thompson’s MSS and, he believes, all his specimens of Cirripedia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Patterson
Date:  6 Apr [1854]
Classmark:  Praeger 1935, p. 713
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1565
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