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To [E. W. Brayley?]   8 May [1841]

Summary

Thanks recipient for finding reference on carbonate of lime. Doubtful when he will publish his geological memoranda.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  8 May [1841]
Classmark:  Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-598F

To W. A. Leighton   [1–23 July 1841]

Summary

Tells WAL where specimen of Cynoglossum sylvaticum may be seen growing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Allport Leighton
Date:  [1–23 July 1841]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-631

To William Lonsdale   14 April [1841]

Summary

Sends paper on erratic boulders [Collected papers 1: 145–63] to the Society. Has taken two months to complete it because of illness.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Lonsdale
Date:  14 Apr [1841]
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/6/299)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-597

From J. S. Henslow   19 April 1841

Summary

Reports observations on the behaviour of captive harvest mouse and dormouse. When descending sticks mouse uses its tail like a prehensile-tailed monkey.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Apr 1841
Classmark:  DAR 166: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-598

From William C. Redfield    May 1841

Summary

Is sending through John Blunt a copy of the last geological report of the state of New York along with a short paper on the tornado that passed through the state of New Jersey in June 1835.

Author:  William C. Redfield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  May 1841
Classmark:  Yale University: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (William C. Redfield’s outbound letter book 1835–41 (z117 00151 2) p. 239)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-598A

To A. Y. Spearman   17 May 1841

Summary

The third number of part four of the Zoology has been published. CD transmits the Smith, Elder & Co. account.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  17 May 1841
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4585 paper 10688)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-598B

To Charles Lyell   6 [July 1841]

Summary

Discusses various types of coral reefs on which he has been collecting notes. Views of C. G. Ehrenberg. His conception of the formation of Bermuda.

Pessimistic about the effect of his poor health on his scientific work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  6 [July 1841]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.24)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-602

From Charles Lyell   [c. 16 July 1841]

Summary

Regrets not seeing CD before leaving on trip [to the U. S.]. CD’s move from London will be a privation for CL.

Returns charts on coral reefs.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 16 July 1841]
Classmark:  DAR 98: A1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-604

To W. D. Fox   [23 August 1841]

Summary

Consents to be godfather to WDF’s child.

Sends family news.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [23 Aug 1841]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 61)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-606

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [16 August 1841]

Summary

Reports detailed observations on humble-bees boring holes in flowers to extract nectar instead of brushing over the stamens and pistils. Some hive-bees seem to use the holes made by the humble-bees; speculates that this would be a case of acquired knowledge in insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [16 Aug 1841]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette no. 34, 21 August 1841, p. 550
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-607

To Richard Owen   25 August [1841–2]

Summary

Sends elephant tooth from Africa. Suggests it may be interesting in light of his [mistaken] memory of Cuvier’s opinion about tusk brought from Peru by Humboldt.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  25 Aug [1841-2]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/207)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-608

From Richard Owen   [17 September 1841?]

Summary

CD and [Emma Darwin] are invited to "a holiday musical evening".

Author:  Richard Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Sept 1841?]
Classmark:  The Royal College of Surgeons of England (MS0456/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-608F

To W. D. Fox   [28 September 1841]

Summary

Sends news of his house-hunting.

Envies WDF his discovery of Cheirotherium footprints.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [28 Sept 1841]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 62)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-609

To J. P. Gaimard   14 October 1841

Summary

Asks if JPG can supply him with the source of M. Cordier’s assertion that the reef of Vanikoro is of recent formation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Paul Gaimard
Date:  14 Oct 1841
Classmark:  Ader Nordmann (dealers) (18 June 2015)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-609F

To W. D. Fox   [25 January 1841]

Summary

Birds has gone to the printer.

Continues "to collect all kinds of facts about ""varieties and species"" " for his "some-day work".

Would be grateful for descriptions of offspring of crossbred domestic animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [25 Jan 1841]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 59)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-586

To G. R. Gray   [February 1841]

Summary

In a revise [of Birds] CD has altered "Colaptes Chilensis Vigors" to "Chrysoptilus Chilensis G. R. Gray". Is that right?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [Feb 1841]
Classmark:  The British Library (Egerton MS 2348: 239)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-587

From G. E. Bearpark   12 February 1841

Summary

Requesting information about membership of the Geological Society of London.

Author:  George Edmundson Bearpark
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1841
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/6/126)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-587F

To G. R. Gray   [February–March 1841]

Summary

Sends proof of index of final number of Birds for checking.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [Feb–Mar 1841]
Classmark:  The British Library (Egerton MS 2348: 240)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-589

To Charles Lyell   [21 February – 4 April 1841]

Summary

Answers a number of queries from Lyell concerning geography and geology of Chiloé Island and its relationship to the Cordilleras.

Asks about "perched rocks" on Jura and notes their relevance to Louis Agassiz’s theory. Discusses Agassiz’s view on Jura.

Mentions seeing Robert Brown.

Notes R. I. Murchison’s discovery of shells in central England.

Weakness of negative evidence.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [21 Feb – 4 Apr 1841]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-590

To M. J. Berkeley   [March 1841]

Summary

Looks forward to the paper on CD’s edible fungus specimen from Tierra del Fuego [read 16 Mar 1841; Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 19 (1845): 37–43].

Sends a correction: Fagus betuloides, not F. antarctica, is the common tree of Tierra del Fuego.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  [Mar 1841]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/47)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-591
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