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To C. T. Whitley    [8 May 1838]


Treasures recollections of old friends but seldom sees any. Has turned "a complete scribbler".

His scientific activities.

No wife in sight so far.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  [8 May 1838]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-411A

To William Lonsdale   [15 May 1838]


Returns his paper for publication ["Volcanic phenomena in South America" (1840), Collected papers 1: 53–86].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Lonsdale
Date:  [15 May 1838]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-412

To Susan Darwin   [15 May 1838]


Recounts dinner at Erasmus’ house with Harriet Martineau and others, and a visit to Cambridge to stay with Henslow and meet old friends again.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [15 May 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 223: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-413

To John Forbes Royle   [24 May 1838]


Would like to attend a lecture by JFR on "geography of plants with relation to the Himalayas".

"A grand battle" at the Geological Society between Sedgwick and G. B. Greenough.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Forbes Royle
Date:  [24 May 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 397
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-415

To Charles Wood   24 May 1838


Asks for permission to have a copy of the published Admiralty chart of the Island of Ascension. The engraved chart will add value to the geological observations to be published in the natural history of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Wood, Lord Halifax, 1st Viscount Halifax
Date:  24 May 1838
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (ADM 1 4548/Pro D170)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-415A

From Francis Beaufort   26 May [1838]


Has been commanded to supply CD with a copy of the plan of Ascension Island to be engraved for the natural history of the Beagle’s voyage. Suggests that a lithographer be sent to the [Hydrographic] office to take a transfer proof.

Author:  Francis Beaufort
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 May [1838]
Classmark:  United Kingdon Hydrographic Office Archive (Letter Book no. 8, p. 190)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-415B

To Caroline Wedgwood   [May 1838]


His books grow in size. Hopes to bring out work on volcanic islands and coral formations in the autumn or winter. The Journal of researches will not be published until autumn [actually not until 1839]. Whewell and Lyell flatter him about it. Has given up all society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Date:  [May 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 154: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-411