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From Thomas Evans Blackwell   26 January 1839


A newly-elected Fellow returns the obligation to be signed upon entering the Geological Society.

Author:  Thomas Evans Blackwell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Jan 1839
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/4/121)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-494

From J. S. Henslow   7 February 1839


Writes to CD as "Brother Benedick" and sends hearty good wishes for health and happiness in marriage. They are sending a little silver candlestick for a wax taper.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 167
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-495

From Andrew Irvine   7 March 1839


Supports John Lawrance’s application to become a fellow of the Geological Society.

Author:  Andrew Irvine
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Mar 1839
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/4/165)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-496A

From Andrew Smith   16 March 1839


Sends his congratulations and best wishes on CD’s marriage.

Author:  Andrew Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Mar 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 172
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-498

From Robert FitzRoy   [20 March 1839]


Has objected to loading Narrative with advertisements, but thinks CD’s Zoology and Geology might be advertised. Mentions other details of the final stages of publication.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20 Mar 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-500

From William Whewell   11 April 1839


Sends a book [his translation of Goethe’s Hermann u. Dorothea] as a wedding gift.

Author:  William Whewell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 175
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-504

From J. S. Henslow   [c. 14 April 1839]



[Note forwarding 503.]

Lord Fitzwilliam’s gardener does not believe in hybrid ferns.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c.14 Apr 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 63v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-505

From Caleb Burrell Rose   30 April 1839


Sends fee for admission to the Geological Society and a signed obligation.

Author:  Caleb Burrell Rose
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Apr 1839
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/4/216)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-507A

From Richard Sutton Ford   6 May 1839



Answers to [Questions about breeding].

Author:  Richard Sutton Ford
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 May 1839
Classmark:  DAR 186: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-509

From George Tollet   [10 May 1839]



Replies to [Questions about breeding].

Author:  George Tollet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [10 May 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 186: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-510

From Robert FitzRoy   [2 or 16 June 1839]


Has not yet had time to read CD’s Journal of researches attentively. He is sure there is no expression referring to himself personally that he could wish were not in it.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2 or 16] June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-516

From William Buckland   7 June 1839


Acknowledges receipt of Journal of researches.

Author:  William Buckland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-518

From Richard Owen   11 June 1839


Thanks CD effusively [for Journal of researches] – "the most delightful book in my collection".

Author:  Richard Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 183
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-519

From William Henry Fitton   13 June 1839


Thanks CD for Journal of researches. Praises its "want of pretension"; "the Geology seems … to be excellent – and a good part of it new".

Author:  William Henry Fitton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 178
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-520

From William Lonsdale   15 June 1839


Acknowledges Journal of researches.

Author:  William Lonsdale
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 182
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-521

From Robert FitzRoy   20 June [1839]


Robert Brown has mistreated Capt. P. P. King by holding back for nine years the plants collected on King’s voyage of the Adventure and Beagle.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 June [1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 147
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-522

From William Herbert   [c. 27 June 1839]



Rejects necessity of outbreeding and any general law of reversion.

Describes further experiments with Hippeastrum showing greater fertility with foreign pollen than with individual’s own pollen or with pollen from another individual of same species.

Does not believe CD’s questions about reversion can be answered in present state of knowledge.

Author:  William Herbert, dean of Manchester
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c.27 June 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-524

From William Andrew Fane De Salis   8 July 1839


A newly-elected Fellow sends a signed obligation and subscription to CD as Secretary of the Geological Society of London.

Author:  William Andrew Fane De Salis
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 July 1839
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/4/225)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-525

From William Yarrell   14 July 1839


Acknowledges Journal of researches and in return sends the first volume of his History of British birds [1839–43].

Author:  William Yarrell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 July 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 185
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-526

From John Grant Malcolmson   24 July 1839


Detailed evidence for and against geological elevation along coast of the Indian subcontinent, South Asia, and Arabia. Extensive references to geological literature about these areas.

Describes coral sand-dune and salt-marsh formation.

Author:  John Grant Malcolmson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 July 1839
Classmark:  DAR 39: 7–10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-528
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