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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

From Jean Baptiste Armand Louis Léonce Élie de Beaumont   31 July 1839


Acknowledges receipt of CD’s gift of the Journal of researches. Praises CD’s "ingenious" views.

Author:  Jean-Baptiste-Armand-Louis-Léonce (Léonce) Elie de Beaumont
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 July 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-529

From Carl Friedrich Alexander Hartmann   23 August 1839


Thanks CD for his Journal of researches, "one of the best scientific travelworks of this time", which CFAH intends to translate into German.

Author:  Carl Friedrich Alexander Hartmann
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Aug 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 179
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-532

From J. G. Malcolmson   31 August 1839


Observations on the geology of Arabia.

Author:  John Grant Malcolmson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Aug 1839
Classmark:  DAR 39: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-533

From Alexander von Humboldt   18 September 1839


Praises CD’s Journal of researches and comments on some of CD’s observations and conclusions. Considers volcanic activity and its effect on past climate and changes in climate over time. Discusses glacial phenomena. Believes the climate of the coast of Peru is modified by cold sea-currents.

Author:  Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander (Alexander) von Humboldt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 180
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-534

From J. G. Malcolmson   7 October 1839


Sends notes on soundings made on coral banks in the China Sea.

His recent geological observations.

Finds a difficulty with CD’s erratic block theory.

Author:  John Grant Malcolmson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Oct 1839
Classmark:  DAR 39: 12–14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-535

From J. G. Malcolmson   30 November 1839


Sends specimens of coralline with vermiform holes.

J. Allan’s observations of Aldabra and the Cormoros [see Coral reefs, p. 186] and news of his experiments on the growth of coral.

Author:  John Grant Malcolmson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Nov 1839
Classmark:  DAR 39: 15–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-548

From J. G. Malcolmson   [after 7 October 1839]



Comments on the discussion of erratic blocks in Journal of researches [pp. 619, 621–2].

Author:  John Grant Malcolmson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 7 Oct 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 50: C24–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-559

From [Mr Edwards?]   [before end of 1839?]


Reports on a setter puppy born of apparently pure pointer parents. Any cross must have been far back.

Author:  [–] Edwards
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before end of 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 163: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13803

From Susan Darwin   [c. 24 October 1839]


Gives some information on Darwin family history.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 24 Oct 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 25 (on display at Down House in 1991)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-472

From G. R. Waterhouse   [1839 – 10 February 1840]



Sends John Blackwall’s book [Researches in zoology (1834)]. Discusses his reasons for doubting that there are any marsupials in Java or Sumatra.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1839 – 10 Feb 1840]
Classmark:  DAR 205.3: 295
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-475
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