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To J. S. Henslow   9 July 1836

Summary

Asks JSH to propose him for Geological Society. His meeting with Sir John Herschel and Andrew Smith at Cape of Good Hope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  9 July 1836
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 30 DAR/1/1/30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-304

To Susan Darwin   4 August [1836]

Summary

Beagle is again in Brazil because of need to check on "singular disagreements in the Longitudes".

Pleased by Sedgwick’s praise.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  4 Aug [1836]
Classmark:  DAR 223: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-306

To Josiah Wedgwood II   [5 October 1836]

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Summary

Happily home, he sends thanks to his "first Lord of the Admiralty". Will visit Maer in two or three weeks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, II
Date:  [5 Oct 1836]
Classmark:  DAR 185
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-307

From William Owen Sr   5 October [1836]

Summary

Welcomes CD home; urges him to come to Woodhouse.

Author:  William Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct [1836]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 138
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-309

To Robert FitzRoy   6 October [1836]

Summary

CD describes his happy home-coming. Finds his family and Shrewsbury unchanged.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  6 Oct [1836]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-310

To J. S. Henslow   6 October [1836]

Summary

His joy at being home. Anxious to see JSH for advice on his geological specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  6 Oct [1836]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 31 DAR/1/1/31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-311

From Robert FitzRoy   [19–]20 October [1836]

Summary

Sends news of his movements since Beagle put in at Falmouth. His charts are safe and already being engraved.

Announces his engagement.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [19–]20 Oct [1836]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 135
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-312

To Charles Whitley   24 October [1836]

Summary

Congratulates CW on his marriage. Waiting in London till Beagle arrives in Woolwich.

Describes recent visit to Henslow in Cambridge.

At a loss to arrange specimens and observations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  24 Oct [1836]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 41567: 248–50)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-314

To J. S. Henslow   [30–1 October 1836]

Summary

CD in London to meet with naturalists about his collections. Lyell and Owen are helpful, but no one else, except R. E. Grant, seems to want to examine his specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [30–1 Oct 1836]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 32 DAR/1/1/32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-317

To J. S. Henslow   [1 November 1836]

Summary

Alerts JSH to boxes of specimens and letter of 30 Oct on the way by wagon.

Thomas Bell has expressed interest in CD’s Crustacea and reptiles.

CD’s ignorance about his botanical specimens embarrasses him.

Asks whether JSH is disappointed with Galapagos plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [1 Nov 1836]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 33 DAR/1/1/33)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-318

To W. D. Fox   6 November [1836]

Summary

All his affairs are most prosperous. Has found many who will undertake description of animals; he will work at the geology. Lyell has been most friendly and kind.

CD has been proposed to the Geological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 Nov [1836]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 49)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-319

To Charles Wilkes   [7 November 1836]

Summary

Arranges to meet CW for conversation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Wilkes
Date:  [7 Nov 1836]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-320

From J. M. Herbert   [19 November 1836]

Summary

Welcomes CD; has tried to find him. May see him in Cambridge. Reminisces about CD’s musical taste and memory. Describes Charles Whitley’s wedding and wife. Mentions friends.

Author:  John Maurice Herbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [19 Nov 1836]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 137
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-323

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
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