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From G. R. Waterhouse   [c. June 1845]

Summary

Discusses his paper on CD’s Galapagos beetles ["Coleopterous insects … in the Galapagos Islands", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 16 (1845): 19–41] which he will forward when printed. Has drawn up descriptions of several other insects from CD’s collections.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. June 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-874

To John Murray   [4 June 1845]

Summary

Obliged to JM for acceding to request for an additional £50 [for Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. Will reconsider title when type is set up. Gives up the map. Writes about other details of publication.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [4 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f.26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-875

To John Murray   [6 June 1845]

Summary

Has sent off MS of first part [of Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. Has so much to add about Fuegians [at beginning of second part] and so much to condense and rewrite in scientific part that he may not have second part ready at end of month; it depends on his health, which is good lately.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [6 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 29–30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-876

To John Murray   20 [June 1845]

Summary

Writes to report progress on MS of second part [of Journal of researches].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 [June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 33–34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-877

To John Murray   [23 June 1845]

Summary

Asks JM to look at William Clowes’s arrangement of the title. CD had intended Journal to stand alone, so scientific part would be less prominent. His health is poor.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [23 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.21–22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-878

To John Murray   [26 June 1845]

Summary

Agrees with JM’s criticism of preface [of Journal of researches, 2d ed.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [26 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.17–18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-879

To J. D. Hooker   [27 June 1845]

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Busy correcting proofs. Thanks for JDH’s remarks; asks him to send any other corrections soon; goes to press with second part of Journal of researches in less than a week.

Urges collections of all kinds on any isolated islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [27 June 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-880

To John Murray   [28 June 1845]

Summary

If copies [of part one of Journal of researches] are to be sent to periodicals for review, suggests Gardeners’ Chronicle.

MS for second part will be ready in four to five days.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [28 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.19–20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-881

To Charles Lyell   [5 July 1845]

Summary

Sends the first part of Journal of researches [2d ed.]. Explains his dedication of book to CL. Describes revisions.

Has received CL’s book [Travels in North America, 2 vols. (1845)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [5 July 1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-882

From J. D. Hooker   [after 12 July 1845]

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Answers CD’s questions relating to the flora of the Galapagos. [See 889.]

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 12 July 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 43–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-883

From J. D. Hooker   [mid-July 1845]

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The translation of Humboldt’s Kosmos [Cosmos (1846–58)] is delayed.

Gives instances of peculiar genera with several good species in very small islands. Scarcity of insects on islands.

JDH cannot prove that there is much hybridising, but does not see why there should not be. "Bother variation, development & all such subjects, it is reasoning in a circle I believe after all."

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [mid-July 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 49–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-884

To John Murray   [3 July 1845]

Summary

Thanks JM for present of 12 copies [of first part of Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. MS [of second part] will be sent to printer Monday or Tuesday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [3 July 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 27–28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-885

From B. J. Sulivan   4 July 1845

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On marking and shipment of fossils.

Has met the artist, J. M. Rugendas.

Discusses British and French relations with Rosas government [of Argentina].

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 July 1845
Classmark:  DAR 46.1: 87–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-886

From J. D. Hooker   5 July 1845

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Raises some points for revision of CD’s Journal of researches.

Southern island floras. "The more I ponder upon Insular Floras the less inclined I am to admit the mutation of species to any very great amount."

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 July 1845
Classmark:  DAR 100: 51–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-887

To Ernst Dieffenbach   [before 9 July 1845]

Summary

"It is evident that you have not time now to pay me a visit, & indeed as Mrs Darwin is in daily expectation of her confinement I could hardly have asked you … When I saw your name & that of many other naturalists at Cambridge, I wished much to have been there; but my strength so often fails me, that I expected more mortification than pleasure …

I should have liked to have heard the Crater-of-Elevation discussion; after having read both sides, I cannot subscribe to that view; but I think there remains something unexplained about those many vast circular volcanic ruins …

I presume it is very unprobable [sic] that there will ever be a second German Edition of my Journal … I have largely condensed, corrected & added to the Second English Edition, & I am sure have considerably improved & popularised it".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Dieffenbach
Date:  [before 9 July 1845]
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealers) Cat. 574 1965.11.11–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-888

To J. D. Hooker   [11–12 July 1845]

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A son [George Howard Darwin] was born on Wednesday.

Sends queries on Galapagos flora.

Discusses JDH’s comments on [Journal of researches].

CD feels that with his views on descent "really Nat. Hist. becomes a sublimely grand result-giving subject".

"How differently people view the same subject, for I look at insular Floras … as leading to an opposite view to yours."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [11–12 July 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 36, 100: 43–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-889

From G. R. Waterhouse   [11 July 1845]

Summary

Notes the islands, where known, on which CD’s Galapagos beetles were found. Remarks that in none of the species whose place of origin is known, does he have specimens from more than one island.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 July 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-890

To John Murray   16 [July 1845]

Summary

Sent MS [of second part of Journal of researches] to William Clowes [printer] on the 7th and has had only three sheets for correction. Asks JM to see to it that Messrs Clowes send a sheet a day, as CD’s health is uncertain, and he cannot do more at last moment if sheets accumulate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  16 [July 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.13–14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-891

To J. D. Hooker   [22 July – 19 August 1845]

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Thanks for facts on solitary islands having several species of peculiar genera; "it knocks on the head some analogies of mine".

Has long been trying to discover in how many flowers crossing is probable, but finds it difficult to show "even a vague probability of this".

Will JDH proof-read Galapagos chapter of Journal of researches?

Gives information on his Galapagos collection; explains why it differs from others.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [22 July – 19 Aug 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-892

From Louis Fraser   23 July 1845

Summary

Informs CD about characteristics of certain species of Galapagos birds.

Author:  Louis Fraser
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 July 1845
Classmark:  DAR 164: 213
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-893
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