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To Susan Darwin   [late July–August 1842]

Summary

Has made an offer for house at Down, renting having been refused. Discusses price, risks involved, and Edward Cresy’s advice.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [late July–Aug 1842]
Classmark:  DAR 92: A16–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-634

From John Provis   14 July 1842

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Summary

Discusses elevations along Holyhead Road [Anglesey].

Author:  John Provis
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 July 1842
Classmark:  DAR 27.1: B23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-635

From John Provis   20 July 1842

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Summary

Location of village of Bethesda [NW Wales].

Author:  John Provis
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 July 1842
Classmark:  DAR 27.1: B24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-636

To A. Y. Spearman   5 August 1842

Summary

The Smith, Elder & Co. account for the first number of part five of the Zoology, now published, is presented.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  5 Aug 1842
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4723 paper 15949)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-637A

To H. E. Strickland   [11 August 1842]

Summary

Congratulates HES on producing an authoritative document [BAAS committee report on zoological nomenclature].

Has been to N. Wales looking at glacier traces described by W. Buckland, which are most interesting and clear. Has written an article on what he saw ["Ancient glaciers of Caernarvonshire" (1842), Collected papers 1: 163–71].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  [11 Aug 1842]
Classmark:  Museum of Zoology Archives, University of Cambridge (Strickland Papers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-638

From Thomas Blunt   11 August 1842

Summary

Gives the height of Shrewsbury above sea-level.

Author:  Thomas Blunt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Aug 1842
Classmark:  DAR 5: B17–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-639

To W. J. Broderip   [31 August 1842]

Summary

Discusses toad [mentioned in Journal of researches, p. 115].

Describes house at Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William John Broderip
Date:  [31 Aug 1842]
Classmark:  Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-640

To G. R. Waterhouse   [4 or 11 September 1842]

Summary

Thanks GRW for collection [of insects] he has made up for CD’s nephew.

Leaves decision to GRW as to which institutions should receive CD’s Beagle insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [4 or 11] Sept 1842
Classmark:  Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-641

To J. S. Henslow   16 September [1842]

Summary

CD gives JSH Fuegian paints and spears and a Pacific dolphin hook for his museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  16 Sept [1842]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-642

From Elizabeth Wedgwood   [25 September 1842]

Summary

Reports on Josiah Wedgwood [II], who is seriously ill.

Author:  Sarah Elizabeth (Elizabeth) Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Sept 1842]
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 260)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-643

From Hensleigh Wedgwood   25 September [1842]

Summary

Gives an account of his father’s illness.

Author:  Hensleigh Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept [1842]
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 258)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-644

To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842]

Summary

Cancelled: same as DCP-LETT-649. Discusses growth of various species of coral. Explains significance of dead reefs.

Describes meeting of the Council of the Geological Society; the controversy involving Edward Charlesworth.

Mentions conversations with William Lonsdale about Lonsdale’s work on corals and the financial support for his work.

Murchison’s views on glaciation in Wales.

Agassiz’s observations at Glen Roy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  5 and 7 Oct 1842
Classmark:  CUL DAR 146: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-645

To the Geological Society of London   4 October 1842

Summary

Papers by T. J. Newbold [Proc. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1842): 702–5], T. C. Hunt [3 (1842): 565–6] and J. Phillips [3 (1842): 705–6] need not be printed in Transactions of the Geological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  4 Oct 1842
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/COM/P/4/2/130)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-647

To Anne Susan Horner   [4 October 1842]

Summary

Emma recovering well from birth of third child, Mary Eleanor.

Sorry to hear Leonard Horner has been ill.

Has received high praise of Coral reefs from Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anne Susanna Horner
Date:  [4 Oct 1842]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 1 (EH 88206053)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-648

To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842]

Summary

Discusses growth of various species of coral. Explains significance of dead reefs.

Describes meeting of the Council of the Geological Society; the controversy involving Edward Charlesworth.

Mentions conversations with William Lonsdale about Lonsdale’s work on corals and the financial support for his work.

Murchison’s views on glaciation in Wales.

Agassiz’s observations at Glen Roy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  5 and 7 Oct 1842
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-649

To Julian Jackson   13 October [1842]

Summary

Discusses JJ’s proposed review of his volume [Coral reefs].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julian Jackson
Date:  13 Oct [1842]
Classmark:  Royal Geographical Society
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-650

To W. H. Miller   [16 October – 27 November 1842]

Summary

Mentions preparing geological notes for press. Asks whether WHM still has some geological specimens he had examined for CD.

Urges WHM to attend important meeting of Geological Society on 3 December.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Hallowes Miller
Date:  [16 Oct – 27 Nov 1842]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-651

To Charles Lyell   [November–December 1842]

Summary

Believes "absurd letter" hastily read at last Geological Society Council meeting was from Charlesworth’s solicitor. Suggests that it may have been sent to entrap the Council and that it should be read over carefully.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [Nov–Dec 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 7381(i))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-653

To W. D. Fox   [9 December 1842]

Summary

CD likes Down House, describes countryside.

Tells of Edward Charlesworth fracas at Geological Society.

Is at work on Volcanic islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [9 Dec 1842]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 64)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-654

To Charles Maclaren   [15 November – December 1842]

Summary

Responds to CM’s review of Coral reefs [Edinburgh New Philos. J. 34 (1843): 33–47].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Maclaren
Date:  [15 Nov – Dec 1842]
Classmark:  Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal 34 1843: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-662
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