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To J. S. Henslow   16 August [1837]

Summary

Reports his successful interview with the Chancellor of the Exchequer [Thomas Spring Rice] about a grant for publishing [Zoology]. Thanks JSH for help with this; "you have been the making of me from the first".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  16 Aug [1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 39 DAR/1/1/39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-373

To J. S. Henslow   [20 September 1837]

Summary

Doctors have urged him to knock off all work and go to the country. Arranges proof-reading with JSH, while he is at Shrewsbury.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [20 Sept 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 40 DAR/1/1/40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-378

To J. S. Henslow   [23 September 1837]

Summary

Proof-reading arrangements for Journal of researches. CD’s difficulty in writing correctly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [23 Sept 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 41 DAR/1/1/41)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-381

To J. S. Henslow   14 October [1837]

Summary

CD’s reasons for his reluctance to take the Secretaryship of the Geological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  14 Oct [1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 42 DAR/1/1/42)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-382

To J. S. Henslow   [4 November 1837]

Summary

CD’s work [on Zoology] is going smoothly. Marvels at finding himself an author [of Journal of researches]. Part so far printed has a good many errata.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [4 Nov 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 43 DAR/1/1/43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-384

To J. S. Henslow   [19 November 1837]

Summary

Asks JSH to look over the prospectus [for Zoology]. Has one more chapter of Journal of researches to finish.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [19 Nov 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 44 DAR/1/1/44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-388

To J. S. Henslow   [21 January 1838]

Summary

Sends rock specimen for W. H. Miller. Asks JSH to see whether there is any geology in P. B. Webb and Sabin Berthelot, Histoire naturelle des Îles Canaries [1835–50]. Finds his work on geology growing so large that it will take more than one volume and asks whether this will make publication aid more difficult.

Has accepted Secretaryship of the Geological Society.

Will not come to Cambridge because "as long as I continue well I cannot bear to leave my work for half a day".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [21 Jan 1838]
Classmark:  Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Dreer collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-400

To J. S. Henslow   [26 March 1838]

Summary

Declines Ray Club dinner; too busy with Zoology.

Thanks JSH for presenting his work to Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Asks him to get an answer from W. H. Miller on specimen of crystallised mineral.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [26 Mar 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-406

To John Stevens Henslow   3 November 1838

Summary

Relates plan for an appendix to his Journal of researches which will include facts of species of birds’ being different in different islands of the Galápagos and also of the lizards and tortoises on the islands. Asks JSH whether he can supply parallels in the plant life.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  3 Nov 1838
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 2031 A. Gift of H. W. Lende Jr)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-429A

To J. S. Henslow   [10 November 1839]

Summary

Urges JSH to describe Galapagos species in a paper on the flora of the islands.

Has been interested in geographical distribution and would be interested to have a paper by JSH on the general character of flora of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia.

"I keep on steadily collecting every sort of fact which may throw light on the origin & variation of species."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [10 Nov 1839]
Classmark:  The Morgan Library and Museum, New York (Heineman Collection MA 7127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-543

To J. S. Henslow   [24 January 1840]

Summary

Sends specimens from Indian Ocean atolls.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [24 Jan 1840]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-552

To J. S. Henslow   3 July [1840]

Summary

Describes an orange tree with curious "horned" fruit; sends specimen. Asks if the horns represent "metamorphoses of some organ into the fruit orange".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  3 July [1840]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A5–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-573

To J. S. Henslow   [26 January 1842]

Summary

CD relates that Robert Brown is anxious to have [C. M.] Leman[n] elected librarian of the Linnean Society and urges JSH to come to vote for him. CD joins in the request.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [26 Jan 1842]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-615

To J. S. Henslow   16 September [1842]

Summary

CD gives JSH Fuegian paints and spears and a Pacific dolphin hook for his museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  16 Sept [1842]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-642

To J. S. Henslow   [22 January 1843]

Summary

Comments on JSH’s botanical work with his parishioners. Lyell will be pleased that he has done some fossil botanical work.

Describes a Geological Society meeting about Edward Charlesworth’s complaints.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [22 Jan 1843]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-660

To J. S. Henslow   [2 September 1843]

Summary

Tells how W. Kemp found the seeds of Atriplex, which Lindley sent to JSH for identification.

Asks about monstrous plant mentioned by Lindley [see 690].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [2 Sept 1843]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A8–10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-691

To J. S. Henslow   [14 October 1843]

Summary

CD has written to W. Kemp to ascertain what precautions he took in sowing his seeds. "It will be rather flat if you … pronounce the Atriplex to be merely a variety". Suggests sending plants to C. C. Babington.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [14 Oct 1843]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A11–12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-705

To J. S. Henslow   [4 November 1843]

Summary

Babington has reared a facsimile [of W. Kemp’s Atriplex] by sowing seeds of A. angustifolia. CD has advised Kemp not to publish since anyone would say it was more probable that the seeds of his specimens were in the soil, than that the ones he found had retained vitality. CD regrets this, as he has no doubt of the antiquity of the seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [4 Nov 1843]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A13–14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-712

To John Stevens Henslow   [25 July 1844]

Summary

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 J. S. Henslow   16 May [1845]

Summary

Is at work on second edition of Journal of researches.

Hopes to finish geology of the Beagle by autumn.

Hooker gives "a wonderful account" of Galapagos plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  16 May [1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-868
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