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Letter of recommendation for Syms Covington   29 May 1839


A letter of reference for Syms Covington.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  29 May 1839
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney (MLMSS 2009/108: 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-514

To ?   [1839–82]


Is glad addressee’s lectures are going well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  1839–82
Classmark:  Raptis Rare Books (dealers) (June 2018 #69022)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13925F

To A. Y. Spearman   14 October 1839


Presents the Smith, Elder & Co. account for the fourth number now published of the second part of the Zoology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  14 Oct 1839
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-538A

To W. D. Fox   24 October [1839]


Hopes to publish volume on coral formations in a few months.

He and Emma live quietly, having given up parties.

Asks WDF if he remembers the Darwin family motto. He means to have a "seal solemnly engraved".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  24 Oct [1839]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-541

To J. S. Henslow   [10 November 1839]


Urges JSH to describe Galapagos species in a paper on the flora of the islands.

Has been interested in geographical distribution and would be interested to have a paper by JSH on the general character of flora of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia.

"I keep on steadily collecting every sort of fact which may throw light on the origin & variation of species."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [10 Nov 1839]
Classmark:  The Morgan Library and Museum, New York (Heineman Collection MA 7127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-543

To Alexander von Humboldt   1 November 1839


Gratified by AvH’s letter.

Sends data on temperature of the sea in the Galapagos, South Pacific, and the Abrolhos Islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander (Alexander) von Humboldt
Date:  1 Nov 1839
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Nachl. Alexander von Humboldt, gr. Kasten 4, Nr. 22, Bl. 1–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-545

To William Hallowes Miller   22 [November 1839]


Asks if WHM would be interested in the meteorological observations of the Falkland Islands made by B. J. Sulivan on a recent survey. Such observations are rare and appear to CD to have many points of interest.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Hallowes Miller
Date:  22 [Nov 1839]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-546

To A. Y. Spearman   27 November 1839


Encloses the Smith, Elder & Co. account for the fourth number now published of the third part of the Zoology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  27 Nov 1839
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-546A

To Thomas Campbell Eyton   [30 November 1839]


Sends bird specimens for examination by TCE [for Birds].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  [30 Nov 1839]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-547

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

To Edwin C. Prince   21 January [1839]


Asks what generic and subgeneric name John Gould has given to the goatsuckers of the U. S. [for Birds].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edwin C. Prince
Date:  21 Jan [1839]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-491

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

To A. Y. Spearman   4 February 1839


Submits the account of Smith, Elder & Co. for the third number of part two and second number of part three of the Zoology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  4 Feb 1839
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-494A

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

To William Whewell   16 February [1839]


Asks WW to alter, before printing, the passages in WW’s Presidential Address to the Geological Society [Proc. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1839): 93] which pointedly allude to the delay in publication of CD’s Beagle journal; they might annoy FitzRoy, who, as Captain, has a right to first use of the papers of all officers on board.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whewell
Date:  16 Feb [1839]
Classmark:  Trinity College, Cambridge (Add c 88: 4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-496

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

To William Lonsdale   [8 March 1839]


Has finished earthquake paper ["Volcanic phenomena in South America" (1840), Collected papers 1: 53–86]. Gives instructions about a woodcut. There should be an outline map.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Lonsdale
Date:  [8 Mar 1839]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-497

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

To the Librarian of the Royal Geographical Society   [19 March 1839]


Formal request for F. Lutké’s charts of the Caroline Islands and any charts by Beechey of the Lagoon Islands [Ellice Islands] that the Society might possess.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Librarian, Royal Geographical Society
Date:  [19 Mar 1839]
Classmark:  Royal Geographical Society
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-499
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