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To ?   [2 June? 1840]

Summary

Can give no information on the separation of the sexes in the guanaco.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [2 June 1840]
Classmark:  The British Library (Charnwood Autographs Vol. IV Add MS 70951: 315)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-570F

To William Kemp   1[8] May [1840]

Summary

CD has read WK’s abstract in the Scotsman, 15 February 1840, p. 3, and asks for further details.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Kemp
Date:  1[8] May [1840]
Classmark:  Ruth Cramond and David Cramond (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-565F

To Thomas Walker   5 May [1840]

Summary

Acknowledges TW’s letter supplying him with William Kemp’s address.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Walker
Date:  5 May [1840]
Classmark:  Jim Somerville (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-565G

To Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce   13 May [1840–2]

Summary

Informs correspondent that he wrote to William Walton all that he knew about the guanaco.

Present state of his health prevents his acceptance of invitation to attend the meeting of the Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  secretary of R. Soc Arts
Date:  13 May [1840-2]
Classmark:  Royal Society of Arts (RSA/PR/MC/104/10/28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-567

To A. Y. Spearman   20 May 1840

Summary

The fourth number of part one of the Zoology has now been published. The Smith, Elder & Co. account is submitted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  20 May 1840
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-568A

To Robert Fitzroy   [20 February 1840]

Summary

Cancelled. Same as To Robert FitzRoy   [20 February 1840]. Dated 21 [May 1840], in first edition of the printed Calendar, but cancelled before the second edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [20 Feb 1840]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-569

To Charles Babbage   26 May [1840]

Summary

Asks if he can bring his guests, J. C. L. and Mme [Simonde de] Sismondi and [Fanny] Allen, to CB’s parties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  26 May [1840]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37191: 294–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-570

To J. M. Herbert   [after 5 June 1840]

Summary

Writes to find whether the date of the event [JMH’s marriage?] has been fixed.

Has been unwell and does not yet feel up to work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  [after 5 June 1840]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.19)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-571

To W. D. Fox   [7 June 1840]

Summary

Family news.

CD’s health is improving, but he has scarcely put pen to paper in the last half-year, and everything in the publishing line is going backwards.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [7 June 1840]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 60)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-572

To J. S. Henslow   3 July [1840]

Summary

Describes an orange tree with curious "horned" fruit; sends specimen. Asks if the horns represent "metamorphoses of some organ into the fruit orange".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  3 July [1840]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A5–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-573

To Gilbert Nicholas Smith   [c. 15 August 1840]

Summary

Questions GNS on remains found in caves on Caldy Island. [CD’s pencilled queries sent via Frances Allen].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gilbert Nicholas Smith
Date:  [c. 15 Aug 1840]
Classmark:  Tenby Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-576

To John Phillips   [November 1840]

Summary

Sends his paper on earthquakes [(1840), Collected papers 1: 53–86]. Now sets less value on theoretical reasoning in geology than when he wrote it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [Nov 1840]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-578

To John Gould   [after 1 December 1840]

Summary

Feels he cannot keep the gift of Gould’s "magnificent work" or take out a subscription now that he is a married man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Gould
Date:  [after 1 Dec 1840]
Classmark:  Profiles in History (dealers) (12 December 2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-578F

To the Geological Society of London   18 November [1840]

Summary

Recommends that Consul Chatfield’s communication on an earthquake in San Salvador [read 5 Feb 1840; Proc. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1840): 179] not be published in Transactions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  18 Nov [1840]
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/COM/P/4/2/35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-580

To G. N. Smith   20 November [1840]

Summary

Sorry that ill health prevented sooner reply. Letter about caves at Caldy was already read by Buckland. Will examine birds’ beaks when better and present to Geological Society of London in Smith’s name.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gilbert Nicholas Smith
Date:  20 Nov [1840]
Classmark:  Angus Carroll (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-580F

To G. R. Gray   [20 November – 11 December 1840]

Summary

Thanks GRG for his gift [A list of the genera of birds (1840)] and trusts that now GRG will be able to finish John Gould’s MS for Zoology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [20 Nov – 11 Dec 1840]
Classmark:  The British Library (Egerton MS 2348: 237–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-581

To A. Y. Spearman   22 November 1840

Summary

The second number of part four of the Zoology has now been published. The account of Smith, Elder & Co. is presented.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  22 Nov 1840
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-582A

To Miles Joseph Berkeley   [26 November 1840]

Summary

Remarks that each of two species of Fagus separated by 1000 miles has a fungus that grows on it; the fungus species are probably closely allied.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  [26 Nov 1840]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-583

To W. A. Leighton   1 December 1840

Summary

Acknowledges election as Honorary Member of Shropshire and North Wales Natural History and Antiquarian Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Allport Leighton
Date:  1 Dec 1840
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/133/57)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-584

To W. C. Redfield   [22 December 1840]

Summary

Illness has long delayed CD’s thanks for WCR’s meteorological pamphlets and geological reports. Mentions a reference to whirlwinds leaving rotary patterns in desert sand.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William C. Redfield
Date:  [22 Dec 1840]
Classmark:  Yale University: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Letters to William C. Redfield vol. 2 Scientific 1831-41(z117 00151 2) pp. 335–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-585
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