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To The Master & Fellows, Caius College   [19 December 1836 – 6 March 1837]

Summary

"Mr Darwin presents his compliments to the Master & Fellows of Caius Coll. and is extremely sorry he is prevented by a previous engagement the honor of dining with them on Thursday."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caius College
Date:  [19 Dec 1836 – 6 Mar 1837]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-326

To W. D. Fox   15 December [1836]

Summary

Informs WDF of his activities since the Beagle landed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  15 Dec [1836]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 50)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-327

To Richard Owen   19 December [1836]

Summary

Has written to Royal College of Surgeons, exactly as RO recommended, concerning disposition of his South American fossil bones. He fixed on the British Museum, rather than Paris, to receive plaster casts, because he was on board a King’s ship. Suggests RO propose another set for Paris, where they would be more useful than at BM. Has scarcely begun unpacking his cases.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  19 Dec [1836]
Classmark:  Fitzwilliam Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-329

From William Owen Sr   19 December 1836

Summary

Asks CD’s help in finding a tutor for his son Charles.

Author:  William Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Dec 1836
Classmark:  DAR 204: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-331

From Hensleigh Wedgwood   [20 December 1836]

Summary

Has returned CD’s Beagle journal MS. Thinks it would be an interesting account even if they did not know CD, and that it will be successful if published; the less it is mixed up with FitzRoy’s journal, the better.

Author:  Hensleigh Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20 Dec 1836]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-332

From Sarah Elizabeth (Sarah) Wedgwood   23 December [1836]

Summary

Has been presenting wedding gifts to her nieces and nephews during CD’s absence, without asking whether they are ready for them, so she sends him £40.

Caroline says CD has taken a lecture room for his work at Cambridge.

Author:  Sarah Elizabeth (Sarah) Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Dec [1836]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-333

From Anthony Carlisle   23 December 1836

Summary

The Royal College of Surgeons’ Board of Curators approve the terms and conditions under which CD has offered his S. American fossil bones to the College, and have sent their recommendation to the Council.

Author:  Anthony Carlisle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Dec 1836
Classmark:  DAR 204: 133
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-334

From Charles Lyell   26 December 1836

Summary

Comments on [MS of] CD’s paper ["Elevation on the coast of Chili" (4 Jan 1837), Collected papers 1: 41–3].

Invites CD to dinner. "Don’t accept any official scientific place, if you can avoid it".

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Dec 1836
Classmark:  Published in K. M. Lyell (1881) 1: 474–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-335

From Robert FitzRoy   30 December 1836

Summary

RF has consulted W. J. Broderip, who recommended a joint three-volume publication of Captain King’s journal, FitzRoy’s, and CD’s, with profits divided by three. What does CD think of such a plan? RF promised Colburn an answer in January.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Dec 1836
Classmark:  DAR 204: 136
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-337

From Catherine Darwin   27 [December 1836]

Summary

News of family and friends, Harriet Martineau’s soirée; funds deposited for him.

Author:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 [Dec 1836]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 134
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-336

To Caroline Darwin   [7 December 1836]

Summary

Dinner at the Hensleigh Wedgwoods’. They have agreed to go over his journal. Henry Holland thinks it not worth publishing alone because it goes over FitzRoy’s ground.

His impressions of Harriet Martineau: "She is overwhelmed with her own projects, her own thoughts and own abilities."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Date:  [7 Dec 1836]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-325

To Anthony Carlisle   [19 December 1836]

Summary

"Read a letter [to AC] of the 19th Instant from Mr Charles Darwin of Christs College, Cambridge stating that understanding from the Conservators that a Series of fossil Bones collected during the voyage of H: M: Surveying Vessel Beagle possesses a peculiar Interest as connected with Specimens already in the Museum of this College that it had always been his intention to present such Bones to some public collection on the condition that Casts thereof should be given to the leading Public Bodies for the sake of making them more generally useful, specifying the British Museum the Geological Society and the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and one set for himself: and that under such Conditions he should be most happy to present the entire series to the Museum of this College."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anthony Carlisle; Royal College of Surgeons
Date:  [19 Dec 1836]
Classmark:  The Royal College of Surgeons of England (Minute book of Board of Curators MUS/2/1/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-330
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