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To Richard Owen   [6 March 1847]

Summary

A specimen of Machairodus offered for sale by F. J. Muñiz.

Discusses possible publication in England of paper by Muñiz describing the skeleton.

Sends pamphlet on scarlatina in the Pampas.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [6 Mar 1847]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/192)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-938

To Charles Lyell   [24 January 1847]

Summary

Comments on investigation of coral reefs by A. A. Gould, particularly the reefs around Tahiti. Mentions description of reefs of Tahiti by W. Forbes.

Hooker’s view of work by C. J. F. Bunbury.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [24 Jan 1847]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1056

To J. D. Hooker   [17 February 1847]

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Asks JDH not to think of looking at his species sketch until he has leisure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [17 Feb 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1057

To Joseph Dalton Hooker   8 [February 1847]

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Cirripede observations.

Would like to hear what JDH has to say about his species sketch.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 [Feb 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1058

To Ernst Dieffenbach   9 February [1847]

Summary

On the results of Robert Bunsen’s journey to Iceland, which he compares in detail with his own research.

"I have for the present given up Geology, & am hard at work at pure Zoology & am dissecting various genera of cirripedes, & am extremely interested in the subject." "I always, however, keep on reading & observing on my favourite work on Variation or on Species, & shall in a year’s time or so, commence & get my notes in order."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Dieffenbach
Date:  9 Feb [1847]
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealer) (catalogue 574 11–13 November 1965)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1059

To Charles Nichols, Geological Society   10 February [1847]

Summary

Encloses 12s for the year.

Anxious for February number of the Journal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Nichols
Date:  10 Feb [1847]
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/10/36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1060

To Richard Owen   12 February [1847]

Summary

F. J. Muñiz has offered fossil bones collected around Buenos Aires to the Royal College of Surgeons. He believes he can complete their Megatherium skeleton and provide other specimens. CD feels he should be encouraged in his work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  12 Feb [1847]
Classmark:  The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS-MUS/3/3/9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1061

To Francisco Javier Muñiz   26 February 1847

Summary

If FJM wishes to sell the fossils he has discovered, CD suggests he appoint some agent to dispose of them.

Is surprised at the account of the earthquake in the pampas.

Offers to send his South America.

Greatly admires FJM’s zeal

and would welcome any information on the domestic animals of La Plata.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francisco Javier Muñiz
Date:  26 Feb 1847
Classmark:  Nature 99 (1917): 305–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1063

To J. D. Hooker   [28 February 1847]

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Can JDH come to 7 Park St. on Wednesday?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [28 Feb 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1064

To Robert Chambers   [28 February 1847]

Summary

Asks to call on RC.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Chambers
Date:  [28 Feb 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 265
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1065

To Thomas Salt   [March 1847]

Summary

Maer purchase-money; London and Birmingham Railway Company shares.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Salt
Date:  [Mar 1847]
Classmark:  Rachel Salt (private collection); sold by Spink’s (dealers), July 2018
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1066F

To J. D. Hooker   [1 March 1847]

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Illness has delayed his departure. Will try to call on JDH on Thursday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [1 Mar 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1068

To Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette   [before 6 March 1847]

Summary

Corrects a misunderstanding of his description of salt deposits [in South America, pp. 74–5]. The salt referred to was from Rio Negro, and was coarsely crystallised and free of other saline substances found in sea-salt. CD believes its lesser value in curing meat is owing to the absence of muriates of lime and magnesia and suggests that it might be worth while to add them to the Rio Negro salt.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 6 Mar 1847]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 10, 6 March 1847, pp. 157–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1069

To Charles Lyell   [7 March 1847]

Summary

Has received copy of CL’s Principles [7th ed.].

Comments on reading Annales des sciences naturelles.

David Milne’s and Robert Chambers’ views on Glen Roy.

Mentions sales of South America.

Describes visit to his father at Shrewsbury.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [7 Mar 1847]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.59)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1070

To John Russell   [10 March 1847]

Summary

Memorial presented by members of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and other scientific societies, submitting that natural history is inadequately provided for by the present constitution of the Board of Trustees of the British Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Russell, 1st Earl Russell
Date:  [10 Mar 1847]
Classmark:  House of Commons Parliamentary Papers: 1847 XXXIV.253–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1070F

To J. D. Hooker   [14 March 1847]

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Thanks for JDH’s notes on species sketch. Proposes to drive to Kew to discuss them with him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [14 Mar 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1071

To Gustav von Leonhard   20 March [1847]

Summary

Honoured by GL’s review of Volcanic islands.

Sends copy [of South America].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gustav von Leonhard
Date:  20 Mar [1847]
Classmark:  Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremburg (Historisches Archiv Signatur V)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1072

To Bernhard Studer   21 March [1847]

Summary

Sends copy of South America.

Will consult BS’s article in the Bulletin.

Recommends article by Daniel Sharpe ["On slaty cleavage", J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1847): 74–105].

Cites his description of thin laminae in volcanic rocks in Volcanic islands. Suggests similar process may have affected metamorphic schists.

Thanks him for offer of his book [Lehrbuch der physikalischen Geographie und Geologie (1844–7)]. Since he reads German poorly, BS should send book only if short and inexpensive.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bernhard Studer
Date:  21 Mar [1847]
Classmark:  Burgerbibliothek Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1073

To J. D. Hooker   [23 March 1847]

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Health permitting, proposes to visit Kew on Friday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [23 Mar 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 83
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1074

To J. D. Hooker   [25 March 1847]

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Health bad, cannot get to Kew.

Will send Nulliporae to [L. A.?] Reeve.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [25 Mar 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 85
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1076
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