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From J. S. Henslow   24 August 1831

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JSH has been asked by Peacock to recommend a naturalist as companion to Capt. FitzRoy on Beagle voyage. CD the best qualified person; not a finished naturalist but amply qualified for collecting, observing, and noting.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Aug 1831
Classmark:  DAR 97(ser.2):4–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-105

From J. S. Henslow   25 October 1831

Summary

Gives CD directions for sending him specimens from Beagle.

Writes of Cambridge politics.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-143

From J. S. Henslow   20 November 1831

Summary

Is sending plates for R. T. Lowe’s paper [Trans. Cambridge Philos. Soc. 4 (1833): 1–70].

Adds advice on working the surd.

Agrees with CD that Beagle voyage would have been wrong for Jenyns, but assures him he (CD) is the right man. Warns CD against his "foible" of taking offence at rudeness or ungentlemanlike behaviour.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-150

From J. S. Henslow    6 February 1832

Summary

News of Cambridge: the recent examinations; memorial tablet for Marmaduke Ramsay.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-157

From J. S. Henslow   29 June 1855

Summary

Red and white campions: JSH regards them as races, not species; a flesh-coloured intermediate exists.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 June 1855
Classmark:  DAR 166: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1706

From J. S. Henslow   2 August 1856

Summary

One plant in self-sown patch of Aegilops has assumed a triticoidal character; JSH feels it may be an example of Aegilops passing to wheat.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Aug 1856
Classmark:  DAR 166: 178
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1936

From J. S. Henslow   15–21 January 1833

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of two letters from CD and a box of specimens.

Mentions attendance at BAAS meeting and a gift to him of a small living near Oxford. Some political news.

Congratulates CD on the work he has done – the specimens are of great interest. Gives advice on packing, labelling, and future collecting and suggests that – as a precaution – CD send home a copy of his notes on the specimens.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 and 21 Jan 1833
Classmark:  DAR 204: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-196

From J. S. Henslow   31 August 1833

Summary

The [Megatherium] fossils were extremely interesting and were shown at the Geological Section of the BAAS meeting at Cambridge [1833].

The plants delight him; will work them out with W. J. Hooker.

CD should send every fossil he can find; minute insects will be nearly all new. Delighted with descriptions of the few animals alluded to.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Aug 1833
Classmark:  DAR 97(ser. 2): 14–15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-213

From J. S. Henslow   22 July 1834

Summary

CD’s cargo is safe; the fossils have been sent to William Clift.

JSH asks for dried plants (those sent were all of greatest interest).

Sends news of Cambridge and mutual friends.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 July 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-249

From J. S. Henslow   7 April 1860

Summary

Sketch and description of a [wasp’s] nest from Cuba. [Notes by CD on wasps’ nests and comb-building habits of hive-bees.]

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1860
Classmark:  DAR 166.1:180 [diagram here]
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2750

From J. S. Henslow   5 May 1860

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Reports to CD on what he has found out about Elodea growing near Cambridge.

Sedgwick is speaking at [Cambridge] Philosophical Society on CD’s "supposed errors" [Camb. Herald & Huntingdonshire Gaz. 19 May 1860, pp. 3–4].

JSH wonders how Owen can be so savage toward CD’s views when his own are "to a certain extent of the same character".

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 May 1860
Classmark:  DAR 186: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2783

From J. S. Henslow   [5 November 1837 – March 1838]

Summary

Fragment glued to CD’s notes on rock specimens. The recto refers to one of CD’s specimens, the verso mentions his Keeling Island plants.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [5 Nov 1837 – Mar 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 39: 88a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-338

Letter from J. S. Henslow   [after 3 Nov 1838]

Summary

Whilst a genus of plants is comon to two of three islands [in the Galápagos] the species are often different in different islands. [Text only known from Journal of researches; published in Correspondence vol. 13 supplement, p. 351, letter to John Stevens Henslow, 3 November 1838, n. 5.]

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 3 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  Journal of researches, p. 629
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-431F

From J. S. Henslow   16 December 1838

Summary

On his 15th wedding anniversary JSH writes to CD wishing him happiness as great as JSH has had in his marriage, and adds some advice.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1838
Classmark:  DAR 204: 166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-456

From J. S. Henslow   7 February 1839

Summary

Writes to CD as "Brother Benedick" and sends hearty good wishes for health and happiness in marriage. They are sending a little silver candlestick for a wax taper.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 167
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-495

From J. S. Henslow   [c. 14 April 1839]

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[Note forwarding 503.]

Lord Fitzwilliam’s gardener does not believe in hybrid ferns.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c.14 Apr 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 63v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-505

From J. S. Henslow   2 November 1840

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Would like further experimentation to confirm report about germination of wheat from Egyptian tombs. Sir G. Wilkinson may have been deceived by the Arabs.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1840
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 236
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-579

From J. S. Henslow   21 November 1840

Summary

Reports on abortive anthers in flowers of thyme sent by CD.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1840
Classmark:  DAR 109: A86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-582

From J. S. Henslow   19 April 1841

Summary

Reports observations on the behaviour of captive harvest mouse and dormouse. When descending sticks mouse uses its tail like a prehensile-tailed monkey.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Apr 1841
Classmark:  DAR 166: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-598

From J. S. Henslow   [5 August 1843]

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Calls CD’s attention to an article about William Herbert’s hybrid Narcissus.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [5 Aug 1843]
Classmark:  DAR 205.7: 282
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-687
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