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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

From J. S. Henslow   21 November 1840

Summary

Reports on abortive anthers in flowers of thyme sent by CD.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1840
Classmark:  DAR 109: A86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-582

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

To William Buckland   [November 1840 – 17 February 1841]

Summary

He encloses an unidentified paper received from R. I. Murchison the previous day.

Is unable to provide information about Dr Du Gard.

Appreciates the maps of Glen Roy sent by WB. Would welcome the opinions of WB and Louis Agassiz concerning the parallel roads but cannot give up the idea of their marine origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Buckland
Date:  [Nov 1840 – 17 Feb 1841]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Buckland papers, Glaciation /4 (iv)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-641A

To Basil Hall   15 March 1840

Summary

Discussion of the geology of Coquimbo, Chile.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Basil Hall
Date:  15 Mar 1840
Classmark:  Musée royal de Mariemont, Belgium (Aut. 1061/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-558F

To Richard Owen   [March? 1840]

Summary

Sends a proof title page and asks RO to send a list of plates and contents [of Fossil mammalia] to the printer, Mr Stewart.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [Mar? 1840]
Classmark:  Christie’s, New York (dealers) (29 October 1993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-559F

To David Milne   20 [February 1840]

Summary

About earthquakes: the shock of February 1835 in Chile; possible connection between shocks occurring coincidentally in different parts of the world, and between earthquakes and the weather; DM’s collection of accounts of earthquakes in Scotland.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  David Milne Home
Date:  20 [Feb 1840]
Classmark:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Charles E. Mudie Collection, 1816–1897: Correspondence Post-1650 MS 0112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-560

To the President and Council of the Geological Society of London   24 March 1840

Summary

Regrets that state of his health forces him to resign as one of the Secretaries of the Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  24 Mar 1840
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/5/8 )
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-561

To the Geological Society of London   28 March [1840]

Summary

Feels he has no choice but to comply with the request of Council that he remain in office. Is reluctant to do so as his health has caused him to miss meetings and he has never once attended without suffering the next day. Cannot hold office beyond next anniversary meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  28 Mar [1840]
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/5/56)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-562

From David Milne   28 March 1840

Summary

Comments on CD’s paper on South American volcanoes [Trans. of the Geol. Soc. of London, 2d ser., pt 3, 5 (1840): 601–31]. Jets of steam or flame issuing from the side of a hill in Glen Almond.

Author:  David Milne Home
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Mar 1840
Classmark:  Milne Home 1891, pp. 69–72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-562F

From J. G. Malcolmson   2 January 1840

Summary

Discusses CD’s Glen Roy paper; would like to see the theory put beyond dispute. Tells of Mr Stables’ observations on the parallel roads. Discusses geological features of Scotland which he is sure are marine in origin.

Author:  John Grant Malcolmson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan 1840
Classmark:  DAR 171: 31; Geological Society of London (Membership certificates, 1840)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1147

To [W. A. Leighton]   [1840–77?]

Summary

Valediction only of a letter stuck into a writing case.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Allport Leighton
Date:  [1840–77?]
Classmark:  Mr D. Evans (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13770H

To William Walton   [1840–2]

Summary

Comments on the quality of the meat of the guanaco.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walton
Date:  [1840–2]
Classmark:  Walton 1844, pp. 43–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-548A

To William Walton   [1840–2]

Summary

Describes the range of conditions under which the guanaco thrives and the ease with which it can be tamed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walton
Date:  [1840–2]
Classmark:  Walton 1844, pp. 50–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-548B

To John Edward Gray    1 January [1840]

Summary

Testimonial in behalf of JEG’s application for the position of keeper of the zoological department of the British Museum from which John George Children was about to resign.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Gray
Date:  1 Jan [1840]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, (General Library, J. E. Gray Miscellaneous papers vol. 1: f.118)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-548C

To T. C. Eyton   [6 January 1840]

Summary

Has been unwell.

Thanks TCE for his descriptions [of specimens for Birds]. Has already expended a high proportion of Government grant on birds, but if TCE thinks engravings are needed, he shall have them. He may keep the bones.

CD has become a father.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  [6 Jan 1840]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-549

To Basil Hall   [7 January 1840]

Summary

CD regrets inconvenience caused by his having Royal Geographical Society’s copy of Krusenstern’s Atlas [de l’océan Pacifique (1824–7)]. Locates Sulphur Island from it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Basil Hall
Date:  [7 Jan 1840]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-550
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