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To ?   [15 or 22 October 1848]

Summary

Thanks for note and enclosure. Has written to [David?] Landsborough to say dried specimen was just what he wanted. Would like some more in spirits.

Very unwell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [15 or 22] Oct 1848
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1204

To Maria Hooker   [17 December 1848]

Summary

Returns letters [from her son, J. D. Hooker, in India].

Asks that B. H. Hodgson’s zoological pamphlets be sent to him at Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maria Hooker
Date:  [17 Dec 1848]
Classmark:  McGill University Library, Department of Rare Books
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1209

To J. W. Lubbock   [December 1848–9]

Summary

Obliged for drawings and coins. Cannot tell what the stone is.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John William Lubbock, 3d baronet
Date:  [Dec 1848–9]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1210

To John Higgins   6 December [1848]

Summary

Discusses his account. Mentions death of his father and his own inheritance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  6 Dec [1848]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1211

To John William Lubbock   [December 1848–9]

Summary

Thanks JWL for the use of a schoolroom.

Arranges to meet JWL’s son [John] to discuss use of microscope.

Mentions illness.

Thanks JWL for his paper ["Shooting stars", London Edinburgh & Dublin Philos. Mag. 32 (1848): 81–8, 170–2; 35 (1849): 356–7].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John William Lubbock, 3d baronet
Date:  [Dec 1848–9]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.77)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1212

To Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins   [1848–51]

Summary

Testimonial recommending B. Waterhouse Hawkins [for a teaching post].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins
Date:  [1848–51]
Classmark:  Library of Congress Manuscript Division (George P. Merrill collection, box 4, file H)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13869

To Edward Cresy   [before May 1848?]

Summary

Obliged for account of change in quality of wool. "Some authors will not admit that climate has any perceptible action."

Hopes his health is re-established.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  [before May 1848?]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 303
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1545

To Edward Cresy   [before May 1848?]

Summary

Agrees that naval expeditions to the Arctic are a waste of money. Believes Sir J. Barrow responsible. "Dr [Richard?] King is quite right in the advantage of Land Expeditions".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  [before May 1848?]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 304
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-805

To Daniel Sharpe   23 August [1848?]

Summary

Thanks for note.

Glad DS sticks to cleavage and foliation question. Bernhard Studer one of few to take correct view on subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Sharpe
Date:  23 Aug [1848?]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-991

To Richard Owen   [April? 1848]

Summary

Pleased at RO’s praise of Coral reefs.

Has read with very great interest RO’s "Report on the archetype" [Rep. BAAS 16 (1846): 169–340]. RO should give name to every letter or number in his woodcuts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [Apr? 1848]
Classmark:  R. S. Owen 1894, 1: 209
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-997

To Harriet Lubbock   [December 1848 – 1849]

Summary

Belittles the loss of a book borrowed from CD.

Acknowledges cheque in payment for purchase of microscope for John Lubbock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Harriet Lubbock
Date:  [Dec 1848–9]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.70)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1041

To James Scott Bowerbank   [January–August 1848]

Summary

Thanks him for Balanus specimens. Comments on his findings. A large Acasta in the wet state would be valuable. Asks JSB to mention his work to J. T. Quekett at the College of Surgeons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Scott Bowerbank
Date:  [Jan–Aug 1848]
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1045

To John Innes   [1848?]

Summary

Suggests various remedies for toothache.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  [1848?]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1141

To Josiah Wedgwood III   [July 1848]

Summary

Writes about Emma’s trust account investments and calls due upon them. Sends his record and asks JW to bring it up to date.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III
Date:  [July 1848]
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 1019)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1142

To George Warde Norman   [1848]

Summary

Seeks excuse from jury duty on grounds of ill health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Warde Norman
Date:  [1848]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 189
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1143

To James Smith   28 January [1848]

Summary

CD asks if he may have the use of the cirripedes JS collected in Portugal. He will need to break up or make a section of at least one of each species.

Expresses admiration for JS’s paper on Malta ["On recent depressions in the land", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1847): 234–40], with its striking demonstration of the change of level between land and water there discovered.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Smith
Date:  28 Jan [1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1148

To William Crawford Williamson   31 January [1848]

Summary

Thanks WCW for his article ["Microscopical objects found in mud of Levant", Mem. Lit. & Philos. Soc. Manchester 2d ser. 8 (1848):1–128]. Comments on it; offers to send Ascension Island specimens. Urges WCW to re-examine coal-beds for Infusoria to determine whether intervening beds were deposited by sea-, brackish, or fresh water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Crawford Williamson
Date:  31 Jan [1848]
Classmark:  Kobunso (Mr Sorimachi, bookseller, Tokyo)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1149

To Richard Owen   [4 February 1848]

Summary

Has been invited to contribute geological instructions [to J. F. W. Herschel, ed., Manual of scientific enquiry (1849); Collected papers 1: 227–50]. Asks RO whether remarks on coral reefs appertain to geology rather than zoology.

Looks forward to visit by Owens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [4 Feb 1848]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1150

To John Frederick William Herschel   4 February 1848

Summary

Undertakes to write geological part of Admiralty Instructions [A manual of scientific enquiry (1849), Collected papers 1: 227–50]. Has doubts as to his success.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  4 Feb 1848
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1151

To Andrew Crombie Ramsay   4 February [1848]

Summary

Invites him to dinner on Saturday the 12th. Charles and Mrs Lyell, Edward Forbes, Richard Owen, and Thomas Bell coming also.

"Will you bring your map of S. America … and we will have a talk over it."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Date:  4 Feb [1848]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1152
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