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To William Whewell   4 [January 1839]

Summary

Informs him of J. B. Jukes’s plans concerning the Newfoundland survey post.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whewell
Date:  4 [Jan 1839]
Classmark:  Trinity College, Cambridge (Add c 88: 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-483

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

Summary

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

To Richard Owen   [1839 – April 1840]

Summary

Delighted by RO’s discussion in this sheet. RO should return revises to printer and get remaining ones.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [1839 – Apr 1840]
Classmark:  Charles Hamilton (dealer) (13 June 1974)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-397

To Woodbine Parish   [January 1839?]

Summary

Likes WP’s book [Buenos Ayres and the province of La Plata (1838)]. Thinks it will interest all "who care for graver things than what the traveller eats and says to the Señoritas".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Woodbine Parish
Date:  [Jan 1839?]
Classmark:  Shuttleworth 1910, p. 412 n.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-398

To Charles Babbage   [February 1839 – August 1842]

Summary

Asks permission to bring Fanny Allen to CB’s party.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [Feb 1839 – Aug 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37191: 298)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-470

From Susan Darwin   [c. 24 October 1839]

Summary

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

To John Phillips   [18 March 1839]

Summary

Will send JP a map as requested. Asks for a ticket to one of JP’s lectures.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [18 Mar 1839]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-473

To Charles Babbage   [October 1839 – August 1842]

Summary

Regrets he cannot accept invitation. "My health will not at present stand going out in the evenings."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [Oct 1839– Aug 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37191: 296)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-474

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

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Summary

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

To Charles Babbage   [1839 – August 1842]

Summary

Is so unwell today that he is unable to come [to CB’s party].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [1839 – Aug 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add 37191: 297)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-476

To John Maurice Herbert   [January 1839 – September 1842]

Summary

Suggests the names of two bird-preservers for JMH’s friend.

In reference to an earlier letter, replies: "As for Birds of Paradise from the West Indies, tell that to the marines, as we used to say on board the Beagle".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  [Jan 1839 – Sept 1842]
Classmark:  Bonhams, New York (dealers) (11 December 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-476A

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 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 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 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

From Emma Wedgwood   [23 January 1839]

Summary

Responds warmly to his very nice letter. CD need have no fear that she will not be as happy as he.

Again expresses uneasiness that their opinions on religion do not agree on all points. Hopes they will sympathise in their feelings on the subject.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 162
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-492
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