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To J. S. Henslow   8 November 1834


Sends two boxes of specimens and part of his "hum-drum letter-like" journal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  8 Nov 1834
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 24 DAR/1/1/24)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-263

From Susan Darwin   [24] November 1834


The Langtons will go to Madeira for the winter. E. A. Darwin and the Hensleigh Wedgwoods enjoyed a stay in Cambridge, where they saw Professors Whewell and Sedgwick. Colonel Leighton has died. The King has dismissed the Whig Ministry; Wellington is Premier, and the country is in a strange state.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [24] Nov 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-264

To Robert FitzRoy   [28 August 1834]


Recounts his trip [from Valparaiso] to Santiago. His meeting with Claude Gay, Thomas Sutcliffe, and others. Geology of tour uninteresting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [28 Aug 1834]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-254

From [Alexander Caldcleugh?]   [28 August – 5 September 1834]


Gives a map of part of Chile between Santiago and San Fernando. Suggests places and people that CD might profitably visit [en route].

Author:  Alexander Caldcleugh
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Aug – 5 Sept 1834]
Classmark:  DAR 35: 405
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-255

From Frederick W. Eck   [September 1834]


Heights of various places in Chile.

Author:  Frederick Andrew Eck
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Sept 1834]
Classmark:  DAR 35: 232
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-256

To J. S. Henslow   4 October 1834


CD is unwell.

FitzRoy has dispatched two casks of bones and stones, a box with "very valuable specimens", and a large jar.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  4 Oct 1834
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 23 DAR/1/1/23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-258

From W. D. Fox   1 November 1834


WDF sends news of his activities and of his family.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Nov 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-261

From J. M. Herbert   [28 March] 1834


A letter full of news of Cambridge and friends: the BAAS meeting at Cambridge; charges of corruption in the University; the Cambridge petition on behalf of Dissenters.

Author:  John Maurice Herbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Mar] 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-240

To Edward Lumb   30 March 1834


CD asks the time of shipment and vessel in which the [Megatherium] bones were conveyed.

Patagonia swarms with guanaco, but few other creatures.

Hopes to be able to draw up a tolerable sketch of the geology of the east side of S. America.

Saw Jemmy Button, who is married and will stay in Tierra del Fuego. Mentions Falkland uprising.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Lumb
Date:  30 Mar 1834
Classmark:  Profiles in History (dealers) (2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-241

From William Owen Sr   10 April – 1 May 1834


Writes a cordial letter with family and local news. Hopes CD will see his two sons in India.

P.S. by Catherine Darwin says no letter was written this month as all is well at home.

Author:  William Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Apr–1 May 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 129
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-243

From Edward Lumb   8 May 1834


Responds to CD’s queries: the bones were received from Mr Keen and shipped to Henslow; expects another collection which he will forward.

Adds news that has arrived at Buenos Aires since CD left.

Author:  Edward Lumb
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 128
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-245

From Susan Darwin   [23] May 1834


News of family and friends.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23] May 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-246

From Robert Edward Alison   [June? 1834]


Sends some historical data to illustrate the elevation of the coast at Valparaiso in recent times.

Author:  Robert Edward Alison
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [June? 1834]
Classmark:  DAR 36: 425–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-247

From J. S. Henslow   22 July 1834


CD’s cargo is safe; the fossils have been sent to William Clift.

JSH asks for dried plants (those sent were all of greatest interest).

Sends news of Cambridge and mutual friends.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 July 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-249

To Charles Whitley   23 July 1834


Would welcome hearing Cambridge news. Impossible not to regret friends and pleasures in England, but

has much solid enjoyment and never-failing interest in geology. Tells of his first sight of a savage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  23 July 1834
Classmark:  National Library of Australia (MS 4260)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-250

To J. S. Henslow   24 July – 7 November 1834


CD is excited by JSH’s high opinion of his collections.

Discusses his notes and some new discoveries. Summary of events since leaving Falklands.

Geology of Patagonia.

Corallines at Tierra del Fuego convince him of artificiality of arrangement of their families by Lamarck and Cuvier.

Geological expedition in Andes, ending with serious illness. Specimens being sent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  24 July & 28 Oct & 7 Nov 1834
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 22 DAR/1/1/22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-251

From H. S. Fox   25 July 1834


Thanks CD for letter of 5 April and specimens; did not know the Falklands and Patagonia were so interesting geologically.

Will answer CD’s queries about S. Brazil in another letter. Names Friedrich Sellow, A. Saint-Hilaire, and Andrew Mathews as naturalists who travelled there. Directs CD to Alexander Caldcleugh in Santiago.

Author:  Henry Stephen Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 July 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-252

From F. W. Hope   15 January 1834


Acknowledges CD’s letter about alpine entomology of Tierra del Fuego; discusses geographical distribution; urges CD to make a chart of vegetable and geological distribution of insects. Advises him on species to collect and assures him of all assistance in describing his captures on his return.

Tells of founding of Entomological Society, and enrolls CD.

News of J. F. Stephens’ lawsuit and continuation of his Illustrations of British entomology [1827–46]. Praises general state of zoological science in England.

Author:  Frederick William Hope
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 127
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-235

From Susan Darwin   12[–28] February 1834


Writes on CD’s 25th birthday.

Points out "errors in orthography" in his journal.

News of family and friends, visits, and other social events.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12[–28] Feb 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-237

To J. S. Henslow   March 1834


On fossils ([Megatherium], etc.), plants, shells sent and new ones found; geological observations. Asks for help in understanding cleavage and planes of deposition.

A new species of ostrich. Cites differences in size, colour, nidification, and geographical distribution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  Mar 1834
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 21 DAR/1/1/21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-238
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