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To Susan Darwin   [14 September 1831]

Summary

Pleasant three-day voyage to Plymouth has increased CD’s admiration for FitzRoy. Describes the Beagle as an excellent vessel, but the want of room is very bad. He likes the officers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [14 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-126

To Susan Darwin   17 [September 1831]

Summary

Plans to come to Shrewsbury.

Is pleased with cabin assignment on Beagle. Beagle will map the east side of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia and set longitude of many places.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  17 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-127

To J. S. Henslow   17 [September 1831]

Summary

Plans to come to Cambridge to discuss Beagle voyage. Only difficulty is disposal of his collections. South Sea Islands now more probable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  17 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 6 DAR/1/1/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-128

To Robert FitzRoy   [19 September 1831]

Summary

Reports on errands he has done for RF. Has discussed with Beaufort the question of his having right to dispose of his collection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [19 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Copy DAR 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-131

To W. D. Fox   19 [September 1831]

Summary

Describes his appointment, the Beagle, his companions, and the objectives of the voyage. Gives his schedule before departure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  19 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-132

To Charles Whitley   23 [September 1831]

Summary

Thanks CTW for his letter [125]. "I do not think I ever received a more kind letter than yours or one that gave me so much pleasure.— You ought to have in your mind, the prospect of leaving England for 3 or 4 years before you can understand how to enjoy such a letter from such a person as yourself—". Regarding the voyage, "all is finally settled, & I have sealed away about half a chance of life.— If one lived merely to see how long one could spin out life,—I should repent my choice.— As it is I do not.—"

Thanks CTW for four fungi which have arrived.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  23 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-135A

To J. S. Henslow   28 [September 1831]

Summary

Has collected [Phalli] in Shropshire and compared them with Barmouth species. Is convinced they are different.

Asks JSH for introductions to R. T. Lowe and Andrew Smith.

Has been given another week’s respite by FitzRoy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  28 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 7 DAR/1/1/7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-138

To Robert FitzRoy   [4 or 11 October 1831]

Summary

CD’s luggage is frightfully bulky, though he has been as economical as possible. Has made financial arrangements for his expenses.

Plans to study mathematics during voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [4 or 11] Oct 1831
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-139

To J. S. Henslow   [4 or 11 October 1831]

Summary

Asks JSH to take charge of his consignments of specimens from the voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [4 or 11] Oct 1831
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 8 DAR/1/1/8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-140

To Robert FitzRoy   [10 October 1831]

Summary

Has just heard Beagle sailing is delayed so he will remain another week in London. Asks whether RF has a good set of mountain barometers, which geologists tell him are important.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [10 Oct 1831]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-142

To J. S. Henslow   30 [October 1831]

Summary

Hopes to be able to help Cambridge Philosophical Society with his collections, but thinks most will have to go to British Museum.

Describes Beagle quarters, the surgeon [Robert McCormick, M.D.], and officers.

Asks JSH’s advice on studying mathematics.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  30 [Oct 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 9 DAR/1/1/9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-144

To J. S. Henslow    15 [November 1831]

Summary

Sailing date fixed for end of month. Beagle is beautiful. Details of instructions and route. Hopes voyage will not exceed four years. Quarters very confined. Considers Jenyns did wisely in not coming. If CD were longer out of college and some years older he never could have endured it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  15 [Nov 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 10 DAR/1/1/10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-147

To Charles Whitley    15 November [1831]

Summary

Regrets that it will be impossible to visit Cambridge for some years. Reminisces about CW’s "classical Sunday evenings", the Glutton Club, and his friends.

"We spend about 2 years in S. America, the rest of time larking round the world."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  15 Nov [1831]
Classmark:  T. H. W. Bower (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-148

To W. D. Fox   17 [November 1831]

Summary

Still delayed; will not sail until 5 December. Instructions have come, with proposed itinerary.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  17 [Nov 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 45)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-149

To J. S. Henslow    3 December [1831]

Summary

Confusion on board the Beagle at definite prospect of sailing. Gives directions for sending mail to Montevideo.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  3 Dec [1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 11 DAR/1/1/11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-152

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   [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

To W. D. Fox   [15 February 1831]

Summary

Informs WDF of a shipment of birds ready to be sent by Baker.

Urges WDF to read Herschel’s essay [A preliminary discourse on the study of natural philosophy (1830)] in Lardner’s [Cabinet] Cyclopedia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [15 Feb 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-94

To W. D. Fox   [7 April 1831]

Summary

CD expects pleasant spring term; will botanise with Henslow.

He is dreaming of going to the Canary Islands for tropical scenery.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [7 Apr 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-96

To Charles Whitley   [9 September 1831]

Summary

Mentions letters from Peacock and Henslow; tells of offer of a position on surveying voyage, his initial refusal, and eventual acceptance. Describes FitzRoy and course of voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  [9 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-121
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