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To Caroline Wedgwood   [27 October 1839]

Summary

Describes his routine for a typical day – writing Coral reefs, studying German.

FitzRoy’s "Deluge Chapter" [Narrative 2, ch. 28] will amuse her.

His opinion of Carlyle’s Critical and miscellaneous essays [1839].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Date:  [27 Oct 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 154: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-542

To John Washington   1 November [1839]

Summary

CD thinks report of a rock imbedded in an iceberg is remarkable; wants to write a note for the [Journal] about it. Asks for location of the sighting and a chart of the Antarctic Sea. [See "Rock seen on an iceberg", Collected papers 1: 137–9.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Washington; Royal Geographical Society
Date:  1 Nov [1839]
Classmark:  Royal Geographical Society
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-544

To Leonard Jenyns   17 October [1839]

Summary

Discusses details of arrangements for descriptions and engravings [for Fish].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  17 Oct [1839]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-539

To Leonard Jenyns   [20 or 27 October 1839]

Summary

Details regarding Fish. CD is astonished how many new things LJ has found: "four new genera is something".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  [20 or 27] Oct 1839
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-540

To Mr Folthorp of Smith, Elder & Co.   6 June [1839]

Summary

CD has heard from the Treasury; they will pay the account [for the Zoology] as soon as Smith, Elder & Co. like.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co; Folthorp, Mr
Date:  6 June [1839]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-517

To Leonard Jenyns   15 July [1839]

Summary

Discusses details of LJ’s part of Zoology [Fish].

CD is working hard on Coral reefs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  15 July [1839]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-527

To John Washington   14 October [1839]

Summary

Returns proof-sheets of an article he has reviewed for the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society. He will find it useful when he comes to describe the Cordilleras of Chile.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Washington; Royal Geographical Society
Date:  14 Oct [1839]
Classmark:  Royal Geographical Society
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-536

To John Washington   [14 October 1839]

Summary

Returns proofs of J. O. French’s article ["Account of the province of La Rioja: S. America", J. R. Geogr. Soc. 9 (1839): 381–406].

Gratified by Humboldt’s praise of Journal of researches [J. R. Geogr. Soc. 9 (1839): 502].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Washington; Royal Geographical Society
Date:  [14 Oct 1839]
Classmark:  Royal Geographical Society
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-537

To Leonard Jenyns   14 October [1839]

Summary

Informs LJ that Yarrell has recommended B. W. Hawkins to do the plates [for Fish]. Discusses arrangements to be made, number of plates, etc. Answers LJ’s questions about several specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  14 Oct [1839]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-538

To William Shoberl   [21 March 1839]

Summary

Captain FitzRoy has no objection to appending advertisement of other works connected with Beagle voyage to CD’s volume [Journal of researches].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Shoberl; Henry Colburn
Date:  [21 Mar 1839]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-501

To Emma Wedgwood   [6–7 January 1839]

Summary

Has been with the Lyells doing geology.

Is reading a biography of Sir W. Scott [J. G. Lockhart, Memoirs of the life of Sir Walter Scott (1837–8)]; also Mungo Park’s book [Travels (1799)].

Has hired a cook at fourteen guineas a year with tea and sugar.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [6-7 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-484

To Emma Wedgwood   [20 January 1839]

Summary

Comments on recent visit to Maer. Explains that his notion of happiness as quietness and solitude derives from Beagle experience. Hopes Emma will humanise him. Comments on marriage planned for Tuesday.

Describes recent visit by Lyell and his wife. Talked geology for half an hour "with poor Mrs Lyell sitting by". "I want practice in ill-treating the female sex."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [20 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-489

To Emma Wedgwood   [26 January 1839]

Summary

He has the wedding ring. Agrees to coming straight home after the wedding, if that is what she prefers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [26 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-493

To Emma Wedgwood   2 [–3 January 1839]

Summary

His dinner with the Carlyles. "He is the best worth listening to of any man" – but CD cannot get up much admiration for Mrs C, partly because of her Scots accent, which makes her difficult to understand.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  2 [–3 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-481

To J. Shillinglaw, Secretary, Royal Geographical Society   [1839 – May 1842]

Summary

Asks for volumes of F. W. Beechey’s work [Narrative of a voyage to the Pacific and Bering Strait (1831)] and Nautical magazine and an order on [John] Arrowsmith for atlas of Dumont d’Urville’s Voyage in the "Astrolabe".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  J. Shillinglaw; Royal Geographical Society
Date:  [1839 – May 1842]
Classmark:  Fitzwilliam Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-477

To Alphonse de Candolle   25 May [1839]

Summary

Invitation to dine at the Darwins’ with J. S. Henslow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  25 May [1839]
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-512
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