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To Paul Edmund de Strzelecki   [25 May 1845]


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]


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

To G. B. Sowerby   [May 1845]


Asks for list of the Bahia Blanca fossil shells.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Brettingham Sowerby
Date:  [May 1845]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-860

To J. D. Hooker   [May 1845]



Returns notes on Confervae.

Has had information from Ehrenberg on organic forms in Atlantic dust.

Thanks for sketch of Galapagos flora.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [May 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-863

To George Robert Waterhouse   [after 22 May 1845]


Thanks him for describing the niata ox.

He is delighted that GRW is grappling with Galápagos insects. Needs to know immediately whether any entomologists beside GRW, Walker and A. White have described his insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [after 22 May 1845]
Classmark:  Bloomsbury Book Auctions (1990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-864A

From W. B. Carpenter   5 May 1845


Discusses the microscopic structure of rock samples from Chile and the Pampas. Describes organic remains found in the samples.

Author:  William Benjamin Carpenter
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 May 1845
Classmark:  DAR 39: 36–41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-865

From Edward Forbes   [9 May 1845]


Has marked probable depths of the specimens on CD’s list of S. American shells. Asks for details which would provide more precise conclusions. [See South America, p. 226.]

Author:  Edward Forbes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [9 May 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 43.1: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-866

To Edward Forbes   13 May [1845]


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]


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


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]


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