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To ?   [after 1836?]


[Excised fragment only.] "I am greedy for facts.—"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after 1836?]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.626)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13858

To J. S. Henslow   18 April 1835


Has just returned from crossing the Cordilleras. Geological observations of formations representing great epochs of violence which broke up the earth’s crust. Shells at over 12000 feet. Silicified trees in sandstone formations at great heights. Red snow and viviparous lizards. Botanical specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  18 Apr 1835
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 26 DAR/1/1/26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-274

To Susan Darwin   23 April 1835


His trip across the Andes and back was his most successful excursion: can clearly demonstate that the western part of the double line of mountains is much older, with fossil shells at 12000ft; the eastern line may be as modern as the Patagonian plains. If proved, this is an important fact in the theory of the formation of the world. Has found petrified trees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  23 Apr 1835
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-275

From R. E. Alison   25 June 1835


Gives details of his observations which lend support to the view that Chile is rising with respect to the sea. Reports some observations and opinions with regard to earthquakes and volcanic action in the area.

Author:  Robert Edward Alison
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 June 1835
Classmark:  DAR 36.1: 427–427a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-277

From R. H. Corfield   26–7 June 1835


Greatly enjoyed CD’s company; has worried about his health. Adds some European and English news.

Author:  Richard Henry Corfield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 & 27 June 1835
Classmark:  DAR 204: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-278

From Charles San Lambert   [c. July 1835]


Describes volcanic formations capping granite hills from Copiapò to Atacama [Chile]. [See South America, pp. 230–1.]

Author:  Charles San Lambert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. July 1835]
Classmark:  DAR 37: 648
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-279

From R. H. Corfield   14 — 18 July 1835


Passes on news from England and some Shrewsbury papers.

Author:  Richard Henry Corfield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 & 18 July 1835
Classmark:  DAR 204: 131
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-280

To W. D. Fox   [9–12 August] 1835


Expresses envy for WDF’s life as a clergyman.

Outlines homeward voyage; tells of his hope of seeing active volcanoes and Tertiary strata in Galapagos. Recommends geology to Fox. Discusses Lyell’s views; CD has become "a zealous disciple".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [9–12 Aug] 1835
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 47a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-282

To J. S. Henslow   12 [August] 1835


Looks forward to seeing volcanoes in Galapagos Islands.

Has altered his views on Cordillera formations as a result of another trip. Discusses his theory of their origin and history.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  12 [Aug] 1835
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 27 DAR/1/1/27)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-283

To H. S. Fox   15 August 1835


Sends some geological specimens. Describes his recent trips and findings on the geology of the Andes. Asks if HSF has seen large beds of shells on elevated land – possibly at Rio Grande or S. Brazil.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Stephen Fox
Date:  15 Aug 1835
Classmark:  Bodleian Libraries, Oxford (MS. Eng. lett. c. 235, fol. 28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-284

To Alexander Burns Usborne   [c. 1–5 September 1835]



Memorandum of geological instructions to guide ABU during a voyage of [Constitucion] to survey the coast of Peru.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Burns Usborne
Date:  [c. 1–5 Sept 1835]
Classmark:  DAR 207: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-285

To Susan Darwin   3 [September] 1835


Living quietly on the ship and eating good food has been good for him. He longs for home. Peru is in a miserable state.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  3 [Sept] 1835
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-286

From Susan Darwin   22 November 1835


Some of CD’s letters were read at Geological Society in London. Professor Sedgwick says of CD, "doing admirably … collection above all praise … will have a great name among the Naturalists of Europe".

Erasmus has taken office of Clerk to a Government Commissioner. Other family news.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov 1835
Classmark:  DAR 97 (ser. 2): 24–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-288

From Charles Whitley   5 February 1835


Replies to CD’s letter [250], giving news of himself and mutual friends.

Author:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1835
Classmark:  DAR 204: 132
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-267

From Susan Darwin   16 February 1835


Met Capt. Harding who said FitzRoy was promoted to Post-Captain.

News of family and friends. Forthcoming marriages of Robert Wedgwood and Tom Eyton.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Feb 1835
Classmark:  DAR 97 (ser. 2): 18–20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-268

From Charles D. Douglas   24 February 1835


Sends CD large beetles from Chiloé.

Describes an earthquake at Caucague.

Gives exact location and measurements of two blocks of granite; has seen and heard of others; will report if he surveys the Potrero on Chiloé.

Author:  Charles D. Douglas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb 1835
Classmark:  DAR 35.1: 329–30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-269

To W. D. Fox   [7–11] March 1835


Congratulates WDF on his marriage,

reminisces about Cambridge and early entomology. Now neglects entomology for geology.

Describes Concepción after earthquake.

Hopes to cross Cordilleras before they leave South America in September.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [7–11] Mar 1835
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 47)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-270

To J. S. Henslow   [10] – 13 March 1835


The termination of the voyage has been decided – September 1836.

The earthquake of Concepción.

His geological observations (since November). Can now prove both sides of the Andes have recently risen to considerable heights.

Zoological collection.

Plans to cross the Cordilleras.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [10]–13 Mar 1835
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 25 DAR/1/1/25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-272

To Catherine Darwin   31 May [1835]


Slow and tedious trip through miserable country, but geology prospers, and CD will have a good general idea of the structure of Chile by the time he leaves the country. Will send a last large cargo of specimens to Henslow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Date:  31 May [1835]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-276

To Caroline Darwin   [19] July – [12 August] 1835


Describes his trip from Coquimbo to Copiapò, where he rejoined the Beagle – a hard and wearisome journey, but geologically interesting.

FitzRoy piloted the [Blonde] to rescue crew of wrecked Challenger.

CD has received letters that were missing, and others; for ten months there will be none to or from him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Date:  [19] July – [12 Aug] 1835
Classmark:  DAR 223: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-281
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