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To Edward Forbes   13 May [1845]

Summary

Fears he cannot supply additional data [on shells].

Makes suggestions for Thomas Edmondston, naturalist on board the Herald, of places to visit and geological data to collect on proposed California expedition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Forbes
Date:  13 May [1845]
Classmark:  L. D. Edmondston (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-867

To J. S. Henslow   16 May [1845]

Summary

Is at work on second edition of Journal of researches.

Hopes to finish geology of the Beagle by autumn.

Hooker gives "a wonderful account" of Galapagos plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  16 May [1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-868

From G. R. Waterhouse   21[–22] May 1845

Summary

Discusses insects collected by CD on St Paul’s Island and the Galapagos.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 May 1845
Classmark:  DAR 181: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-869

To C. G. Ehrenberg   21 May [1845]

Summary

CGE’s account of Pampas mud confirms CD’s view of its origin. Will send Patagonian specimens. Discusses dust-carrying winds in the Atlantic.

Was not referring to F. J. F. Meyen’s voyage.

Corrects error concerning samples.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg
Date:  21 May [1845]
Classmark:  Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN/HBSB, N005 NL Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg Nr. 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-870

To Paul Edmund de Strzelecki   [25 May 1845]

Summary

Thanks PEdeS for gift of his book [Physical description of New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land (1845)].

Asks how much engravings of shells cost.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Paul Edmund de Strzelecki
Date:  [25 May 1845]
Classmark:  Yale University: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (GEN MSS MISC Group 1559 F-3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-871

To John Murray   [31 May 1845]

Summary

Will send MS of first part [of Journal of researches] on Thursday morning, enclosing suggested title and dedication. Urges inclusion of map. Requests another £50 for copyright, as offer of £100 was made when only two parts were planned.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [31 May 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.24–25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-872

From G. R. Waterhouse   [c. June 1845]

Summary

Is about to send his paper on Galapagos beetles to press. Has written some introductory material on which he invites CD’s comments.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. June 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-873

From G. R. Waterhouse   [c. June 1845]

Summary

Discusses his paper on CD’s Galapagos beetles ["Coleopterous insects … in the Galapagos Islands", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 16 (1845): 19–41] which he will forward when printed. Has drawn up descriptions of several other insects from CD’s collections.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. June 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-874

To John Murray   [4 June 1845]

Summary

Obliged to JM for acceding to request for an additional £50 [for Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. Will reconsider title when type is set up. Gives up the map. Writes about other details of publication.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [4 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f.26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-875

To John Murray   [6 June 1845]

Summary

Has sent off MS of first part [of Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. Has so much to add about Fuegians [at beginning of second part] and so much to condense and rewrite in scientific part that he may not have second part ready at end of month; it depends on his health, which is good lately.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [6 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 29–30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-876

To John Murray   20 [June 1845]

Summary

Writes to report progress on MS of second part [of Journal of researches].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 [June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 33–34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-877

To John Murray   [23 June 1845]

Summary

Asks JM to look at William Clowes’s arrangement of the title. CD had intended Journal to stand alone, so scientific part would be less prominent. His health is poor.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [23 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.21–22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-878

To John Murray   [26 June 1845]

Summary

Agrees with JM’s criticism of preface [of Journal of researches, 2d ed.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [26 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.17–18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-879

To J. D. Hooker   [27 June 1845]

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Summary

Busy correcting proofs. Thanks for JDH’s remarks; asks him to send any other corrections soon; goes to press with second part of Journal of researches in less than a week.

Urges collections of all kinds on any isolated islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [27 June 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-880

To John Murray   [28 June 1845]

Summary

If copies [of part one of Journal of researches] are to be sent to periodicals for review, suggests Gardeners’ Chronicle.

MS for second part will be ready in four to five days.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [28 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.19–20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-881

To Charles Lyell   [5 July 1845]

Summary

Sends the first part of Journal of researches [2d ed.]. Explains his dedication of book to CL. Describes revisions.

Has received CL’s book [Travels in North America, 2 vols. (1845)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [5 July 1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-882

From J. D. Hooker   [after 12 July 1845]

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Summary

Answers CD’s questions relating to the flora of the Galapagos. [See 889.]

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 12 July 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 43–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-883

From J. D. Hooker   [mid-July 1845]

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Summary

The translation of Humboldt’s Kosmos [Cosmos (1846–58)] is delayed.

Gives instances of peculiar genera with several good species in very small islands. Scarcity of insects on islands.

JDH cannot prove that there is much hybridising, but does not see why there should not be. "Bother variation, development & all such subjects, it is reasoning in a circle I believe after all."

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [mid-July 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 49–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-884

To John Murray   [3 July 1845]

Summary

Thanks JM for present of 12 copies [of first part of Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. MS [of second part] will be sent to printer Monday or Tuesday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [3 July 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 27–28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-885

From B. J. Sulivan   4 July 1845

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Summary

On marking and shipment of fossils.

Has met the artist, J. M. Rugendas.

Discusses British and French relations with Rosas government [of Argentina].

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 July 1845
Classmark:  DAR 46.1: 87–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-886
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