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From William Yarrell   [December 1838]

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A "Zoological memorandum" for CD with an extract from L. Hindmarsh, "On the wild cattle of Chillingham Park" [Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 2 (1838): 274–84].

Author:  William Yarrell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 205.7: 286
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-467

To George Robert Gray   [4 December 1838]

Summary

Sends GRG a few pages of proofs [of Birds]. Asks him to make any observations that might occur to him and to check passages in French and Latin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [4 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (14 December 1976)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-451

From Thomas Bell   [5 December 1838]

Summary

Sends congratulations on CD’s forthcoming marriage.

Has received some of the reptiles back from G. Bibron, who has named them. TB will get "some subjects in readiness for figuring" by CD’s date.

Author:  Thomas Bell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [5 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 163
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-452

To Joseph Beete Jukes   6 December 1838

Summary

The Geological Society cannot recommend anyone to the Government of Newfoundland, but CD advises JBJ to get a recommendation from Sedgwick.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Date:  6 Dec 1838
Classmark:  University of Oklahoma Libraries History of Science Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-453

To G. R. Gray   [6 December 1838]

Summary

Sends proofs [of Birds, no. 2]. Asks GRG to check Latin accents.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [6 Dec 1838?]
Classmark:  Leiden University Libraries (BPL 885 / Darwin s.a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-454

From Albert Way   9 December 1838

Summary

Congratulations on CD’s engagement.

In answer to CD’s request, tells him how to locate an artist who made excellent sketches of Scotland, and probably of Glen Roy. AW himself made a sketch of the Glen which he offers to CD [Collected papers 1: 88].

Author:  Albert Way
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec 1838
Classmark:  DAR 204: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-455

From J. S. Henslow   16 December 1838

Summary

On his 15th wedding anniversary JSH writes to CD wishing him happiness as great as JSH has had in his marriage, and adds some advice.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1838
Classmark:  DAR 204: 166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-456

From William Yarrell   [c. 17 December 1838]

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Extract of a letter from Sir Robert Heron to WY, copied for CD, about the crossing of solid- and divided-hoofed pigs, and Angora rabbits of different colours.

Author:  William Yarrell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 17 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 205.7: 287
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-457

To the Secretary of the American Philosophical Society   20 December 1838

Summary

As Secretary of the Geological Society of London, formally expresses his thanks for initial numbers of Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Secretary, American Philosophical Society
Date:  20 Dec 1838
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-458

To Adam Sedgwick   21 [December 1838]

Summary

CD informs AS of the position of the Council of the Geological Society on recommending J. B. Jukes for a geological survey of Newfoundland. Feels Jukes’s application would have best chance of success if Sedgwick, his Professor at Cambridge, wrote a letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adam Sedgwick
Date:  21 [Dec 1838]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library Add 7652 IB: 175
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-459

To J. B. Jukes   25 December [1838]

Summary

Advises JBJ on preparing himself for geological work in Newfoundland.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Date:  25 Dec [1838]
Classmark:  University of Oklahoma Libraries History of Science Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-461

From Emma Wedgwood   [29 December 1838]

Summary

Is delighted to learn they have "Macaw Cottage" [12 Upper Gower Street] – their second choice; hopes they have disposed of the dead dog in the garden. Much family news.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [29 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-464

From Emma Wedgwood   [30 December 1838]

Summary

Seeks to persuade CD to leave town at once, go to Shrewsbury for doctoring and some rest, then come to Maer for more rest, for he has looked "so unwell". She knows it must be hard for him to be unable to do his work.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [30 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 157
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-465

To Emma Wedgwood   [31 December 1838 –] 1 January 1839

Summary

Has moved into the Gower Street house. Is pleased with it and its location.

Hopes to be able to finish his Glen Roy paper soon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [31 Dec 1838 –] 1 Jan 1839
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-466

From Charlotte Langton   4 December [1838]

Summary

Expresses her pleasure in his forthcoming marriage. "I don’t think anybody ever had so delightful a reception into a family as Emma."

Author:  Charlotte Wedgwood; Charlotte Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Dec [1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 170
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-450

From Emma Wedgwood   [23 December 1838]

Summary

Describes the journey home and the long talks on their return. No maid has been found, so he should engage the one she saw, "for ten guineas & tea & sugar a year". She thought CD looked unwell and overtired.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 154
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-460

From Emma Wedgwood   [26 December 1838]

Summary

Responds to his "business letter" about the maids, then chides herself for feeling dull and disagreeable when she has had everything all her life.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-462

To Emma Wedgwood   [29 December 1838]

Summary

The house at 12 Upper Gower Street is theirs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [29 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-463

From Emma Wedgwood   [3 December 1838]

Summary

She agrees that London is the place to settle. She is eager to see him and full of plans.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 153
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-449
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