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To ?   [28 February 1849]


Thanks correspondent for lecture tickets, but regrets he will be unable to attend.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [28 Feb 1849]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (Catalogue 40/20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1230

To J. D. Dana   5 December [1849]


Comments on JDD’s book [Geology (1849)]. Is sending copies of various geological papers. Their agreements and differences on coral reefs, volcanic geology, denudation, and subsidence.

Comments on Robert Chambers’ book [Ancient sea-margins (1848)].

Asks to borrow cirripede specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Dwight Dana
Date:  5 Dec [1849]
Classmark:  Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives (Dana Family Papers (MS 164) Series 1, Box 2, folder 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1276

To Charles Lyell   [7? December 1849]


Continues discussion of Dana’s Geology [1849]. Comments on dikes of Hawaiian volcanoes and Dana’s view of craters of denudation. Compares role of sea and rivers in forming valleys. Criticises Dana’s treatment of CD’s account of coral reefs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [7? Dec 1849]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.88)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1277

To Abraham Clapham   10 December [1849]


Comments on AC’s experiments on Phlox and Mimulus.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Abraham Clapham
Date:  10 Dec [1849]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.86)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1278

To John Higgins   10 December [1849]


Discusses his accounts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  10 Dec [1849]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1279

To Albany Hancock   25 December [1849]


Discusses the new genus, Alcippe, described by AH ["Notice of the occurrence on the British coast of a burrowing barnacle", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 2d ser. 4 (1849): 305–14]. Comments on Lithotrya, Clitia, and Anatifa. Discusses cirripede larvae. Asks which Mollusca specimens AH wishes to borrow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albany Hancock
Date:  25 Dec [1849]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.87)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1280

To Johannes Japetus Smith Steenstrup   30 December [1849]


CD is distressed that JS’s shipment of fossils has been lost: "of all the Cirripedes in the world, I most wish to dissect the Alepas squalicola". Welcomes JS’s offer to send some northern recent species. CD finds great confusion in the current classification of cirripedes in British museums; different genera are made into one species, mere varieties are made into distinct species. If JS would give him some named common northern species, it would be of great assistance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johannes Japetus Smith (Japetus) Steenstrup
Date:  30 Dec [1849]
Classmark:  Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen (NKS 3460 4to)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1281

To J. S. Henslow   [7 October 1849]


Thanks JSH for information and suggestions on benefit clubs,

and for a shipment of fossil cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [7 Oct 1849]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A89–A90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1283

To J. S. Henslow   [before 12 October 1849]


J. B. Innes is greatly obliged for JSH’s letter. JSH’s observation of chalk flints strikes CD as "very curious".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [before 12 Oct 1849]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1284

To George Ransome   27 [August 1849]


Regrets that state of his health prevents acceptance of invitation [to be present at inauguration of J. S. Henslow as President of Ipswich Museum in Dec 1850].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Ransome
Date:  27 [Aug 1849]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1335

From Edmund Saul Dixon   [April–June 1849]



On domestication of pigeons and hybrid geese.

Author:  Edmund Saul (Eugene Sebastian Delamer) Dixon
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Apr–June 1849]
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13801

To J. D. Hooker   12 October 1849



CD thinks great dam across Yangma valley is a lateral glacial moraine.

Reports on Birmingham BAAS meeting.

Details of water-cure.

Barnacles becoming tedious; careful description shows slight differences constitute varieties, not species.

Lamination of gneiss.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  12 Oct 1849
Classmark:  DAR 114: 116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1260

To C. R. Weld   [1849]


Will return books, and asks for more.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Walter White
Date:  [1849]
Classmark:  Jeff Weber, Rare Books (dealer) (January 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1260F

To [Auguste Daubrée]   [1849?]


Had hoped to sent specimens by carrier that day; intends to sent them next Thursday.

Thanks for German scientific newspaper: two articles interested him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gabriel-Auguste (Auguste) Daubrée
Date:  [1849?]
Classmark:  Institut de France, Bibliothèque (Ms 2423 A ff. 69–70)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1260G

To George Ransome   25 October [1849]


Agrees to subscribe £1 toward the portrait of a bishop of Norwich.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Ransome
Date:  25 Oct [1849]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.81)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1261

To Albany Hancock   [29 or 30 October 1849]


Thanks him for specimens of Alcippe.

Comments on sketches by AH and on cirripede paper by Lovén.

Discusses Lithotrya and its burrowing habits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albany Hancock
Date:  [29 or 30] Oct 1849
Classmark:  Maine Historical Society
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1262

To Swale and Wilson   [on or before 24 October 1849]


Orders books [Hugh Miller, Foot-prints of the Creator (1849)

and Carl Wilhelm von Humboldt, Thoughts and opinions of a statesman, Sir Arthur Helps, ed. (1849)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Swale and Wilson
Date:  [on or before 24 Oct 1849]
Classmark:  W. H. Thorpe (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1263

To Charles Lyell   [1 November 1849]


Discusses CL’s refutation of CD’s concept of "craters of elevation" and CL’s new concept of "craters of denudation". Mentions examples of such craters. Admits that his own concept of these craters was unsatisfactory. Urges CL to publish article ["On craters of denudation", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 6 (1850): 207–34].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [1? Nov 1849]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.83)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1264

To Hugh Cuming   [4 November 1849]


Arranges to call on Wednesday but declines a breakfast invitation, as his stomach is so particular that he is afraid to go about before eating.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Cuming
Date:  [4 Nov 1849?]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1265

To J. G. Forchhammer   12 November [1849]


Encloses a letter to be forwarded to Sven Lovén, asking for a specimen of a remarkable cirripede. Still anxious to receive JGF’s specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johan Georg Forchhammer
Date:  12 Nov [1849]
Classmark:  University of Copenhagen, Mineralogical Museum Archives
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1268
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