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To W. D. Fox   [3 November 1829]

Summary

CD’s father has been very ill, but is now slowly improving.

Writes of Leonard Jenyns’ cabinet and J. S. Henslow’s parties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [3 Nov 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 24)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-74

To W. D. Fox   [3 January 1830]

Summary

Spent three weeks in London with Erasmus.

Entomologised with Hope, Stephens, and G. R. Waterhouse.

Cambridge is very quiet, men reading at a wonderful pace. Dined with Sir J. Mackintosh.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [3 Jan 1830]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-75

To W. D. Fox   [13 January 1830]

Summary

Has ordered a cabinet for his insects; hopes WDF will soon come to Cambridge to see his collection. Has exchanged specimens with Leonard Jenyns.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [13 Jan 1830]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-76

To W. D. Fox   [25 March 1830]

Summary

CD has passed his "Little Go".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [25 Mar 1830]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 27)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-78

To W. D. Fox   [1 April 1830]

Summary

CD will remain in Cambridge during the whole vacation.

J. F. Stephens has been ill; hence no recent publications.

Has seen a good deal of J. S. Henslow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [1 Apr 1830]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-79

To W. D. Fox   [9 May 1830]

Summary

Very sorry WDF was obliged to go to Cheltenham with his parents instead of coming to Cambridge, for the weather is fine, the beetles numerous. Adds news of friends and facts about his collection of insects.

Thinks of reading divinity with Henslow the summer after next.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [9 May 1830]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-80

To William Darwin Fox   20 December [1844]

Summary

Tells of his father’s ill health.

Discusses mesmerism and Harriet Martineau’s recovery. If animals could be put into a stupor, he would be convinced. Suggests WDF have some mesmeriser attempt it with cats.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  20 Dec [1844]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 70)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-801

To W. D. Fox   [31 May 1830]

Summary

Glad WDF will visit him in Shrewsbury.

Hope visited CD; he and T. C. Eyton want CD to join them on an entomological trip to N. Wales; can WDF come?

William Yarrell has discovered a new wild swan in England; CD has had bad specimen of it stuffed for WDF.

Adds brief news of friends.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [31 May 1830]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-81

To W. D. Fox   25 [August 1830]

Summary

Has been in N. Wales two weeks, having gone with Hope and two Eytons. Not many good insects; disillusioned with Hope, found him egotistical and stupid.

Hopes WDF will stay in Cambridge until after CD arrives.

Some entomological news.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  25 [Aug 1830]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-82

To W. D. Fox   [13 February 1845]

Summary

News of his family and his own health. He is able to work three hours a day on the geology of South America.

Harriet Martineau is greatly excited by mesmerism.

Tells of Sydney Smith’s dream.

Asks for some [S. American] potatoes to test "sporting".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [13 Feb 1845]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 69a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-827

To W. D. Fox   [8 September 1830]

Summary

Very sorry to hear bad news of Mrs Fox.

Shooting not good, but has done some entomology.

Has enjoyed Maer.

Has a horse which he thinks will make a very good hunter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [8 Sept 1830]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-84

To W. D. Fox   16 July [1872]

Summary

Is correcting proofs for Expression.

Family news.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  16 July [1872]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8413

To W. D. Fox   29 October [1872]

Summary

Has finished Expression.

His strength fails more and more; needs to rest every six weeks or so.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  29 Oct [1872]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 151)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8585

To W. D. Fox   [24 April 1845]

Summary

Murray will publish a second edition of the Journal [of researches].

CD has finished first version of South America.

A strange book, The vestiges [of creation (1844)] has appeared and some have attributed it to CD. He is "flattered and unflattered".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [24 Apr 1845]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 69)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-859

To W. D. Fox   [8 October 1830]

Summary

All at Shrewsbury glad to hear good news of Mrs Fox.

CD left Tuesday by coach and two days’ horseback ride to Cambridge. Goes to the Henslows’ that night.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [8 Oct 1830]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 33)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-86

To W. D. Fox   5 November [1830]

Summary

CD finds the reading involved in "getting up all my subjects" almost "intolerable"; has had no time to write, or send insects, or catch any.

Glad WDF has heard of a curacy where he may "read all the commandments without endangering [his] throat".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  5 Nov [1830]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-87

To W. D. Fox   [27? November 1830]

Summary

CD reading very hard for his examination.

Too busy for beetles.

Trusts WDF will be in orders by Christmas.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [27? Nov 1830]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-88

To W. D. Fox   [23 January 1831]

Summary

Congratulates WDF on passing his examination for the curacy; hopes he will find it comfortable.

CD is pleased at his own good showing.

Asks about WDF’s examination, books, etc.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [23 Jan 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-89

To W. D. Fox   1 September [1873]

Summary

Has been in bed for some days with ugly head symptoms. "We are a poor lot."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  1 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 152)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9040

To W. D. Fox   [9 February 1831]

Summary

Will leave Cambridge shortly after division; plans to return for next term. With so many friends, Henslow among the foremost, it will be pleasant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [9 Feb 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-92
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