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Notes on marriage   [after 7 Apr 1838]

Summary

Published as an appendix to vol. 2 of the Correspondence; see https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/tags/about-darwin/family-life/darwin-marriage. Considers his options for the future. Debates marriage and the best place to live. Feels the need for experiment and direct observation which would be difficult living in London; he "could not go on as Lyell does correcting & adding up new information to old train".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 7 Apr 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8 :1, DAR 210.8: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-409

Notes on marriage   [July 1838]

Summary

Published as an appendix to vol. 2 of the Correspondence; see https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/tags/about-darwin/family-life/darwin-marriage. Debates with himself the pros and cons of marriage. Considers plans for future.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [July 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-420

From William Yarrell   [December 1838]

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Summary

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

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 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

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

From Bartholomew James Sulivan   20 October 1838

Summary

Reports arrival at Falklands; weather conditions, and unsuccessful search he made for a geological formation CD had seen. Describes cliffs, streams, rocks, and lines of elevation; includes two drawings.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Oct 1838
Classmark:  DAR 39: 18–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-429

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

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

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 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

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 John George Children    21 February 1838

Summary

In view of the charges directed by Edward Blyth against George R. Gray for gross incivility and discourtesy in discharging his duties as assistant in the zoological department at the British Museum, CD is asked by the Trustees to comment upon his own experience with Gray and to offer his judgment of these charges.

Author:  John George Children
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1838
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF ZOO/205/1/74)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-402B

From A. Y. Spearman   23 February 1838

Summary

Payment of the Smith, Elder & Co. account has been ordered, amounting to the sum of £68.10.10 for the first part of the Zoology.

Author:  Alexander Young Spearman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Feb 1838
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (Treasury out–letter book T 27/137 p. 443)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-402C

From Robert FitzRoy   26 February 1838

Summary

His work [on vol. 2 of Narrative] is going slowly.

Has no objection to anything in CD’s excellent volume. CD should "entertain no further scruple on that subject".

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Feb 1838
Classmark:  DAR 204: 145
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-403

From Leonard Horner   7 April [1838]

Summary

Postpones meeting with CD because he must attend House of Commons for Factory Amendment Act.

Author:  Leonard Horner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Apr [1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-408

From John Gould   [13 April] 1838

Summary

Thanks CD for his present of a dram bottle [actually a silver-cased compass]. JG will be reminded daily of their friendship when he is in the wilds [of Australia].

Author:  John Gould
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 Apr] 1838
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Tring Museum Correspondence)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-409A

From Francis Beaufort   26 May [1838]

Summary

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
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