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From Harriet Henslow   22 November [1838]

Summary

Sends congratulations and expresses her pleasure on hearing of CD’s forthcoming marriage.

Author:  Harriet Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov [1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 165
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-442

To Charles Thomas Whitley   23 November [1838]

Summary

Announces his engagement.

Glad CW wondered at Glen Roy. "I saw nothing in my peregrinations to the Antipodes nearly so curious in physical geography."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  23 Nov [1838]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-443

From Sarah Harriet Hosier Williams   [27 November 1838]

Summary

Invites CD to dine with them on Wednesday, since she will have few more opportunities of seeing "the original old Charles Darwin".

Author:  Sarah Harriet Mostyn Williams
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [27 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-446

From William Owen Sr   21 November 1838

Summary

Expresses his pride and pleasure in CD’s friendship and wishes him well on hearing of his forthcoming marriage.

Author:  William Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1838
Classmark:  DAR 204: 171
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-439

From B. J. Sulivan   [November 1838 – April 1839]

Summary

Observations on the geology of the Falkland Islands.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Nov 1838 – Apr 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 39: 20–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13847

From W. D. Fox   [c. November 1838]

Summary

Reports on the effects of inbreeding in dogs and the results of crossing Canada and common geese.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 173
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-418

To John Stevens Henslow   3 November 1838

Summary

Relates plan for an appendix to his Journal of researches which will include facts of species of birds’ being different in different islands of the Galápagos and also of the lizards and tortoises on the islands. Asks JSH whether he can supply parallels in the plant life.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  3 Nov 1838
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 2031 A. Gift of H. W. Lende Jr)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-429A

To John Frederick William Herschel   2 [November 1838]

Summary

Requests information for W. S. Macleay on JFWH’s method of catching pelagic animals while ship is under way.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  2 [Nov 1838]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-430

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

To Charles Lyell   [12 November 1838]

Summary

Announces his engagement to Emma Wedgwood.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [12 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-432

From Erasmus Alvey Darwin   [14 November 1838]

Summary

Sends congratulations on CD’s engagement. "It is a marriage which will give almost as much pleasure to the rest of the world as it does to yourselves."

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [14 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 164
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-435

To Emma Wedgwood   [14 November 1838]

Summary

In his first letter after their engagement, CD reports on the happy reception of the news by his family. He hopes she will not find life with him solitary and dull after the lively social life of Maer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [14 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-437

To Emma Wedgwood   [21 November 1838]

Summary

Recounts his misadventures on the train journey back to London. Tells of a visit to the FitzRoys and a friendly letter from Lyell. Whether CD and Emma should live in central London or in the suburbs is a perplexing problem, much discussed by relatives and friends.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [21 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8:5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-440

From Emma Wedgwood   [21–2 November 1838]

Summary

Writes lovingly of small events since he left Maer. Fears their opinions may differ on "the most important subject", religion, but is grateful for his openness about his "honest & conscientious doubts".

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [21–2 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 150
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-441

From Emma Wedgwood   [25–6 November 1838]

Summary

Responds to items in CD’s letter, just received. Suggests parts of London where he might look for a house. Gives news of friends and relatives.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 or 26] Nov 1838
Classmark:  DAR 204: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-444

To Emma Wedgwood   [27 November 1838]

Summary

CD and Erasmus continue to search for a house in central London. They have tea with the Carlyles.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [27 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-445

From Emma Wedgwood   [30 November 1838]

Summary

Has accepted the Hensleigh Wedgwoods’ invitation to go to London with them; can look at houses with CD. She wishes to avoid extravagance; asks him to choose three or four for her to see.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [30 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-447

To Emma Wedgwood   [30 November – 1 December 1838]

Summary

His search for a London house. He visits the Lyells, who give solemn advice to choose their London acquaintances carefully.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [30 Nov - 1 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-448

From Charlotte Langton   14 November [1838]

Summary

Expresses her pleasure and satisfaction in CD’s forthcoming marriage.

Author:  Charlotte Wedgwood; Charlotte Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Nov [1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 169
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-436

From Caroline Wedgwood   [11 November 1838]

Summary

Expresses her pleasure at CD’s engagement.

Author:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 173
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-431
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