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To Susan Darwin   [4 September 1831]

Summary

Spent preceding day with Henslow; much to be done. A friend, Alexander Charles Wood, has written to Capt. FitzRoy about CD. Peacock offered appointment as Beagle naturalist first to Leonard Jenyns, who almost accepted, as did Henslow himself. CD will talk to Capt. Francis Beaufort [Hydrographer] and FitzRoy. Thanks all his family.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [4 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-115

From Adam Sedgwick   4 September 1831

Summary

Reports on his geological work in N. Wales since he and CD parted. Answers CD’s queries.

Author:  Adam Sedgwick
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Sept 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-116

To Susan Darwin   [5 September 1831]

Summary

Wood has heard from FitzRoy, who seemed so much against CD’s going that CD and Henslow gave up. CD is in London; has seen FitzRoy, who is now ready to invite him. CD remains undecided. He likes FitzRoy. Gives details of prospective arrangements. They probably will be gone three years; "round the world" is not certain. Want of room is a serious objection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [5 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-117

To J. S. Henslow   [5 September 1831]

Summary

Has met FitzRoy, who has now offered him the post of naturalist on board the Beagle. Other details about the voyage arrangements – mess, CD’s status, route, books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [5 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 4 DAR/1/1/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-118

To Susan Darwin   [6 September 1831]

Summary

Orders clothing, books, and other supplies for the voyage, to be sent to him in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [6 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-119

To W. D. Fox   6 [September 1831]

Summary

Received offer of post as naturalist in the Beagle in the same mail as WDF’s last letter. Outlines details of prospective voyage. Not certain, but thinks he probably will go.

Expresses pleasure that all is well with their friendship, which he prizes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-120

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

To Susan Darwin   [9 September 1831]

Summary

Discusses help he is receiving in his preparations for the voyage from William Yarrell and others. He has ordered a case of pistols, a rifle, and a good telescope with compass. It is settled that he will go.

Describes the coronation of William IV.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [9 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-122

To J. S. Henslow   9 [September 1831]

Summary

All is settled – nothing can now alter CD’s determination. Details of plan and arrangements. Beaufort believes CD’s collections should be presented to some public body. CD thinks a large central collection best for natural history. Is busy getting advice and information from Yarrell and Capt. P. P. King for the voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  9 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 5 DAR/1/1/5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-123

To W. D. Fox   [11 May 1831]

Summary

CD’s father has given him £200 to settle his debts.

He is delighted by a magnificent anonymous gift of a microscope.

Sees a good deal of the Henslows who are expecting a child soon.

CD still talks of the "Canary scheme"; he is learning Spanish.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [11 May 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-100

To W. D. Fox   [9 July 1831]

Summary

Poverty keeps him at Shrewsbury.

The Canary scheme still goes, CD is studying Spanish and geology.

Jenyns has started CD on Diptera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [9 July 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 41)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-101

To Caroline Darwin   12 November [1831]

Summary

The outfitting of the Beagle progresses.

CD has been dining out more than he wishes. He has met W. S. Harris of "Electricity" fame.

His fears and hopes about seasickness.

A new continent has been discovered "somewhere far South". "Perhaps we may be sent in search."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Date:  12 Nov [1831]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-146

From Fanny Owen    2 [December 1831]

Summary

Describes the wedding of her sister Sarah and related festivities. She misses CD very much.

Author:  Frances (Fanny) Mostyn Owen; Frances (Fanny) Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 [Dec 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-151

From Fanny Owen   [8 April 1831]

Summary

Wants CD to come without fail on Monday, and to bring her a small bottle of oil colour, a half-dozen small brushes, and a "juicy" book of some kind.

Author:  Frances (Fanny) Mostyn Owen; Frances (Fanny) Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8 Apr 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-97

To Caroline Darwin   [28 April 1831]

Summary

Had a pleasant week in London and is now enjoying Cambridge, where he is busy with work and social engagements.

Writes with great enthusiasm of his prospective trip to "the Tropics" [Canary Islands]. Henslow will cram him in geology. He is working regularly at Spanish.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Date:  [28 Apr 1831]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-98

From Fanny Owen   [6 October 1831]

Summary

Their letters crossed; she now knows he will be gone for three years, not two; does not know what they will do without him at the Forest, but wishes him well.

Author:  Frances (Fanny) Mostyn Owen; Frances (Fanny) Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6 Oct 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-141

To Caroline Darwin   [31?] October [1831]

Summary

Questions about his college bills.

Describes the living conditions he will have on the Beagle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Date:  [31?] Oct [1831]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-145

From Charlotte Wedgwood   22 September [1831]

Summary

Sends congratulations and good wishes; feels the Wedgwoods bear much responsibility, since he would not have accepted the Beagle appointment had he not been at Maer "that 1st. of September".

Author:  Charlotte Wedgwood; Charlotte Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept [1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-133

From Fanny Owen   [22 September – 2 October 1831]

Summary

Sends him a purse, which she asks him to use in remembrance of her.

Author:  Frances (Fanny) Mostyn Owen; Frances (Fanny) Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [22 Sept – 2 Oct 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-134

From Fanny Owen   [26 September 1831]

Summary

Much disappointed that CD will leave home before she returns.

Author:  Frances (Fanny) Mostyn Owen; Frances (Fanny) Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-136
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