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To W. D. Fox   [12–3] November 1832

Summary

Sketches the Beagle’s travels – Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, cruise to the south and return – and what the future holds. Writes with nostalgia of England and says he sees no end to the voyage.

He enjoys and has been lucky principally in geology and among pelagic animals; has found remains of large extinct animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [12–13] Nov 1832
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 46a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-189

From C. L. Hughes   2 November [1832]

Summary

Notes for CD on a river trip to Mercedes on the Rio Negro [Uruguay].

Author:  Charles Lawrence Hughes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1832
Classmark:  DAR 34: 14–15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-190

From Susan Darwin   12–18 November 1832

Summary

Family news.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 & 18 Nov 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-191

To J. S. Henslow   [c. 26 October –] 24 November [1832]

Summary

A French collector [Alcide d’Orbigny] has been at the Rio Negro and will probably have "taken the cream". CD’s luck with fossil bones, among them a large extinct armadillo-like animal. Describes some birds, toads, Crustacea, and other marine specimens. Nearly all plants flowering at Bahia Blanca were collected. Is sending two large casks of fossil bones by packet.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [c. 26 Oct–] 24 Nov [1832]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 14 DAR/1/1/14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-192

From J. M. Herbert   1[–4] December 1832

Summary

Sends news of himself and CD’s friends. Discusses changes in England, the coming elections, Cambridge politics.

Author:  John Maurice Herbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1[-4] Dec 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-193

From Susan Darwin   12 May [– 2 June] 1832

Summary

News from Maer and Shrewsbury of family, friends, and reports of reactions to CD’s first letters.

Sedgwick suggests he look for fossils in gravel banks of rivers.

Fanny Owen is married to R. M. Biddulph. Reform Bill prospects.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May [– 2 June] 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-170

To J. S. Henslow   18 May – 16 June 1832

Summary

His first letter to JSH since December. Recounts his seasickness, geologising and marine collecting at St Jago [Santiago, Cape Verde Is.]; his first tropical forest. Collecting small insects from the tropics. His Welsh trip with Sedgwick has been extremely valuable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  18 May & 16 June 1832
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 12 DAR/1/1/12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-171

To J. M. Herbert   [1–6] June 1832

Summary

Summarises experiences since leaving England. "How intimately what may be called the ""moral part"" is connected with the enjoyment of scenery." The loneliness of the voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  [1–6] June 1832
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-172

From W. D. Fox   30 June 1832

Summary

Has been away from parish because of a three-month illness. Refers briefly to events in England since the Beagle sailed.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 June 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-175

To Susan Darwin   14 July – 7 August [1832]

Summary

Regrets leaving the tropics, despite interest in a land where Europeans have never been. They have experienced political turmoil at Montevideo. Natural history going well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  14 July – 7 Aug [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-177

To J. S. Henslow   [23 July –] 15 August [1832]

Summary

Specimens being sent off. Describes his collection of rocks, plants, and insects. Some particularly interesting specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [23 July –] 15 Aug [1832]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 13 DAR/1/1/13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-178

From Susan Darwin   15[–18] August 1832

Summary

News of family and friends.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15[–18] Aug 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-180

To Frederick Watkins   18 August 1832

Summary

Brief summary of the voyage so far. His delight in the Brazilian forest; his trip into the interior; the turbulence at Rio; has grown a beard.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederick Watkins
Date:  18 Aug 1832
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-181

From E. A. Darwin   18 August [1832]

Summary

Reports on the commissions CD requested of him [in a missing letter]; comments on English political issues.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Aug [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-182

From Sarah Williams    26[–31] August 1832

Summary

Gives CD an "account of my life and adventures since we parted" and news of her family.

Author:  Sarah Harriet Mostyn Williams
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26[-31] Aug 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-183

From W. D. Fox   29 August – 28 September 1832

Summary

He is staying on the Isle of Wight because he has been unwell. He is thought to be in danger of contracting consumption, and the climate is beneficial. He is convalescent now, but will spend the winter there.

Offers to forward any natural history stores CD may want.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Aug & 28 Sept 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-184

From Bartholomew James Sulivan   [17 January – 7 February 1832]

Summary

Heights of various points on Quail Island [Cape Verde Is.].

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Jan – 7 Feb 1832]
Classmark:  DAR 32: 16a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-156

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

To R. W. Darwin   8 February – 1 March 1832

Summary

Writes with great happiness about the first part of the voyage, after his misery from seasickness passed. He finds himself well prepared, the ship quiet, comfortable, and compact; he has already a "rich harvest" and finds the natural history (especially geology) exceedingly interesting. The tropics are full of great beauty.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Waring Darwin
Date:  8 & 26 Feb & 1 Mar [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 223: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-158

To R. W. Darwin   10 February 1832

Summary

Sends a short résumé of his trip on the chance that it will arrive in England earlier than longer letter [158] which he hopes to send by surer means.

He is "incessantly occupied by new and most interesting animals" and thinks he will be able to do some original work in natural history.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Waring Darwin
Date:  10 Feb 1832
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-159
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