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To J. S. Henslow   28 [September 1860]

Summary

Has been observing Drosera. Asks JSH whether a curious motion in the red fluid poured out from the viscid hairs is a known or common phenomenon. It surprised him, but he is "so ignorant of vegetable physiology".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  28 [Sept 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A76–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2932

To J. S. Henslow   11 October [1860]

Summary

Sends further details on the movement of the red fluid substance in Drosera. Will write a paper on it.

"Dr [C. R.] Bree ""pitches"" into me handsomely."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  11 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A79–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2945

To J. S. Henslow   [28–9] January 1836

Summary

His joy at prospect of journey’s end in eight months’ time.

Observations on Australia.

Reports on his collecting in Galapagos – its flora and very curious birds; its instructive geology.

Tahiti and good work of missionaries.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [28–9] Jan 1836
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters 29 DAR/1/1/29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-295

To J. S. Henslow   26 October [1860]

Summary

CD does not mind C. R. Bree’s dull, unvarying abuse and misrepresentation, but when he doubts CD’s deliberate word, "that is the act of a man who has not the soul of a gentleman in him".

JSH’s letter in Athenæum ["Flints in the drift", 20 Oct. 1860, p. 516] is interesting.

H. Freke’s paper [On the origin of species by means of organic affinity (1861)] is beyond CD’s scope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  26 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A81–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2964

To J. S. Henslow   10 November [1860]

Summary

The stone hatchets are a great muddle. Would like a copy of Jacques Boucher [de Crèvecoeur] de Perthes’s book [Antiquités Celtiques et antédiluviennes (1847–64)].

Is studying action of carbonate of ammonia on Drosera. Asks if this has been done.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  10 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A83–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2981

To J. S. Henslow   9 July 1836

Summary

Asks JSH to propose him for Geological Society. His meeting with Sir John Herschel and Andrew Smith at Cape of Good Hope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  9 July 1836
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 30 DAR/1/1/30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-304

To J. S. Henslow   6 October [1836]

Summary

His joy at being home. Anxious to see JSH for advice on his geological specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  6 Oct [1836]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 31 DAR/1/1/31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-311

To J. S. Henslow   [before May 1861]

Summary

Valediction only.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [before 16 May 1861]
Classmark:  North East Wales Archives (Ruthin) (DD/PH/115)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3150F

To J. S. Henslow   [30–1 October 1836]

Summary

CD in London to meet with naturalists about his collections. Lyell and Owen are helpful, but no one else, except R. E. Grant, seems to want to examine his specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [30–1 Oct 1836]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 32 DAR/1/1/32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-317

To J. S. Henslow   [1 November 1836]

Summary

Alerts JSH to boxes of specimens and letter of 30 Oct on the way by wagon.

Thomas Bell has expressed interest in CD’s Crustacea and reptiles.

CD’s ignorance about his botanical specimens embarrasses him.

Asks whether JSH is disappointed with Galapagos plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [1 Nov 1836]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 33 DAR/1/1/33)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-318

To J. S. Henslow   28 March [1837]

Summary

Publication plans for the account of the Beagle expedition – CD to have the third volume for his journal.

News of naturalists and their interest in his specimens. Queries about plant specimens, including one on whether seeds from Keeling Island would endure salt water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  28 Mar [1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 34 DAR/1/1/34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-353

To J. S. Henslow   18 [May 1837]

Summary

Plans to apply to Government for assistance with publishing Zoology.

Robert Brown has taken an interest in the fossil woods.

CD is at work on his journal. Has not begun his geology yet. Has seen much of Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  18 [May 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 35 DAR/1/1/35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-355

To J. S. Henslow   [28 May 1837]

Summary

CD to read paper on formation of coral islands at Geological Society. Lyell seems prepared to give up [his view].

Publication of the Narrative is now definite. Feels he should have published journal after the geology and zoology of the voyage.

Robert Brown, as well as JSH, is interested in edible fungi from Tierra del Fuego.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [28 May 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 36 DAR/1/1/36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-356

To J. S. Henslow   [20 June 1837]

Summary

Upon the advice of Captain Beaufort and with embarrassment to himself CD asks JSH whether he would be perfectly willing personally to take the letter requesting government assistance directly to Thomas Spring Rice [Chancellor of the Exchequer].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [20 June 1837]
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-361A

To J. S. Henslow   [12 or 13 July 1837]

Summary

Has been "cramming up learning to ornament my journal with".

Sends a list of questions on his botanical specimens. Needs answers for Journal of researches, which he expects to go to press in August.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [12 or 13 July 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 37 DAR/1/1/37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-366

To J. S. Henslow   [1 August 1837]

Summary

Botanical queries for Journal of researches, which is about to go to press.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [1 Aug 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 38 DAR/1/1/38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-368

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
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