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From Caroline Darwin   29 December [1834]

Summary

Has sent all of CD’s directions to William Clift.

Erasmus has been very ill, but is now quite safe and well again. Caroline and Susan are with him.

They have heard FitzRoy is promoted and the Beagle is coming home.

Author:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Dec [1834]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-265

From Caroline Darwin   30 September 1834

Summary

News of family and friends.

Word that William Clift thinks CD’s latest fossils are of much value.

Author:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Sept 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-257

To Caroline Darwin   13 October 1834

Summary

Became ill two weeks before on his return from Santiago after an interesting trip and some geology – though snow kept him out of the Andes. FitzRoy has had to sell the schooner; he was discouraged by the Admiralty, and the expense was too much for him to bear personally.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Date:  13 Oct 1834
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-259

From Catherine Darwin   29 October 1834

Summary

Family and local news. Tom Eyton will marry. Tells of the great fire of the Houses of Parliament.

Author:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Oct 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-260

To Catherine Darwin   8 November 1834

Summary

CD has recovered from his illness.

Fatigue and depression had almost decided Captain FitzRoy to turn over his command, but he was dissuaded.

Beagle will now go no further south than Cape Tres Montes and will finish survey in five months.

CD experiences his first earthquake.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Date:  8 Nov 1834
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-262

To Catherine Darwin   6 April 1834

Summary

Describes Patagonia and its inhabitants.

Writes of his pleasure in geology.

Predicts that Falklands will become an "important halting place". Outlines Beagle’s future itinerary.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Date:  6 Apr 1834
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-242

To Catherine Darwin   20–9 July 1834

Summary

In the past six months he has done much geology and natural history. His geological pursuits are a source of high pleasure. Has lately determined to work chiefly on corals.

Spent three weeks going up the Santa Cruz with a party; they ran out of provisions 20 miles from the Cordilleras. Winter at present prevents his doing much natural history.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Date:  20–9 July 1834
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-248

To Caroline Darwin   9–12 August 1834

Summary

Thanks for her letter of March, which gave him his first explanation of the interest in the [Megatherium] head he had sent.

Wants E. A. Darwin to tell William Clift not to remove numbers or markers on any specimens. The British Museum has first claim on any of his specimens; CD cannot at present say where any should go.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Date:  9–12 Aug 1834
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-253

From Catherine Darwin   27–30 January 1834

Summary

News of family and friends: W. D. Fox will marry in the spring; private theatricals at Eaton house-party.

Author:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27-30 Jan 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-236

From Caroline Darwin   9–28 March [1834]

Summary

They learn from a garbled report in the Times that CD’s specimens have arrived in Cambridge.

William Clift, at Royal College of Surgeons, delighted by CD’s letter about the bones that were sent to Plymouth.

Strange coincidence that Royal College of Surgeons has the front portion and CD has sent home the remainder of a skull, of which a drawing can now be completed.

Other news of family and friends.

Author:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 & 28 Mar [1834]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-239
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