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To a member of Downing College, Cambridge   [19 January 1837]

Summary

Declines invitation to dine at Downing College because of influenza.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [19 Jan 1837]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 142v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-342

From Robert FitzRoy   15 November 1837

Summary

RF declines to give an opinion on the wording of the preface to CD’s volume [Journal and remarks, vol. 3 of Narrative, published separately as Journal of researches] and refers him to a disinterested third party.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1837
Classmark:  DAR 164: 132
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-386

From Robert FitzRoy   16 November 1837

Summary

CD’s response [missing] comes from the heart. RF explains that CD’s preface [to Journal and remarks, vol. 3 of Narrative] offended him in not acknowledging the part RF and the other officers had in helping CD. Beagle voyage was the first on which officers could have kept any specimens they collected, but they gave preference to CD.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Nov 1837
Classmark:  DAR 164: 133
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-387

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 Richard Owen   [c. December 1837]

Summary

Sends remaining proofs of RO’s description of Toxodon [Fossil Mammalia] and a revise of first part. Will Owen want a second revise? CD has made "plenty of remarks".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [c. Dec 1837]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-389

From Susan Elizabeth Darwin   [early December 1837?]

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Summary

Father says he sowed broom plants soon after house was built in 1798; these never came up. In 1835 the terrace was made; thereafter the broom sprang up.

Advice on a medicine CD is taking.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [early Dec 1837?]
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 226
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-390

To W. D. Fox   [11 December 1837]

Summary

Writes following his visit to WDF.

Mentions fossils Fox has collected.

News of Albert Way.

Hensleigh Wedgwood has resigned his post because of scruples about taking oaths.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [11 Dec 1837]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 53)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-393

To Charles Lyell   [19 December 1837]

Summary

Responds to Lyell’s query [missing] about northern and southern limits of coral islands of the Pacific. Warns that coral islands are much more thinly distributed than people realise and cites examples. Comments on views of Matthew Flinders. Reading work of É[lie] de B[eaumont]. Notes difficulty of setting an east-west boundary to coral islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [19 Dec 1837]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-394

To Richard Owen   28 [December 1837]

Summary

Sends perfect revise of "Toxodon" [Fossil Mammalia] which he has read and marked.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  28 [Dec 1837]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/209)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-395

To Richard Owen   [28 December 1837]

Summary

CD sorry RO is not well and fears work on Macrauchenia may have contributed. Thinks new name very good. Other details concerning publication [of Zoology, pt 1, no. 1].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [28 Dec 1837]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-396

To Richard Owen   [15 December 1837 – 9 June 1838]

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Summary

Sends RO a box of fossils from William Darwin Fox, from the Isle of Wight.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [15 Dec 1837 – 9 June 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-418F

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 John Lort Stokes   [after 31 May 1837]

Summary

Asks JLS: "Are there masses of coral or beds of shells some yards above high water mark, on the coast fronting the barrier reef?" [In reference to JLS’s proposed exploration of Australian coasts and rivers.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lort Stokes
Date:  [after 31 May 1837]
Classmark:  Stokes 1846, 1: 331
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-356F

To Charles Babbage   [June–September 1837]

Summary

At Lyell’s request sends his copy of Whewell’s History of inductive sciences [1837] to CB.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [June – Sept 1837]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37190: 322)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-358

To William Buckland   [15 June 1837]

Summary

Describes the two species of lizard [Amblyrhynchus] found in the Galapagos Archipelago.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Buckland
Date:  [15 June 1837]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-359

To Francis Beaufort   16 June 1837

Summary

CD wants to request the assistance of Government to support the expense of the numerous engravings necessary for the publication of the results of the extensive collections in various departments of Natural History during the Beagle voyage. To what quarter should he apply?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Beaufort
Date:  16 June 1837
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-360A

To William Whewell   18 June [1837]

Summary

Asks Whewell questions on earthquake wave action.

Thanks him for signature [to CD’s request to Chancellor of the Exchequer for funds for Zoology].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whewell
Date:  18 June [1837]
Classmark:  Trinity College, Cambridge (Add c 88: 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-361

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 Frederick William Hope   [21 June 1837]

Summary

Discusses insect specimens he left with FWH. Asks if he may state on FWH’s authority that a third or a half of the specimens from Sydney and Hobart Town are undescribed – a striking fact, showing imperfect knowledge of the insects in the close neighbourhood of the two Australian capitals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederick William Hope
Date:  [21 June 1837]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum (Hope Entomological collections)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-362
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