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To H. T. De la Beche   7 April [1848]

Summary

CD discusses questions about his coral reef theory that were raised by HTDlaB [in his Geol. Soc. Anniversary Address (1848)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Thomas De la Beche
Date:  7 Apr [1848]
Classmark:  National Museum of Wales, Department of Natural Sciences (De la Beche)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1169

To John Phillips   [7 or 14 April 1848]

Summary

Some geologists (especially H. T. De la Beche) doubt boulders have really been carried above their parent rock, but rather thought they were left behind as a result of denudation. Asks JP’s view of this, which he can quote. Supposes he will be well abused for his paper, but is resolved "not to show a white feather".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [7 or 14] Apr 1848
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1170

To Edward Cresy   [May 1848]

Summary

May go to Paris next summer about barnacles.

Unable to appreciate second volume of Alexander von Humboldt’s Cosmos [1848].

Recommends review by Sir John Herschel [Edinburgh Rev. 87 (1848): 170–229].

Recommends book by Mary Somerville [Physical geography (1848)].

Mentions article [on species] by M. E. Chevreul [Ann. Sci. Nat. (Bot.) 3d ser. 6 (1846): 142–214].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  [May? 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 305
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1171

To John Innes   [8 May 1848]

Summary

Encloses his £3 subscription to JBI’s Sunday School. Asks to reduce it in the future to £2 per annum.

Has been unwell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  [8 May 1848]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1172

To J. F. W. Herschel   7 May [1848]

Summary

Sends MS of "Geology" for Manual [Collected papers 1: 227–50]. First parcel lost. Asks JFWH to give advice on an unclear note, translated from Élie de Beaumont, on measuring incline of lava-flows.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  7 May [1848]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1173

To J. D. Hooker   10 May 1848

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Summary

Confident of species theory as result of applying it to cirripede sexual systems.

CD’s opinion of E. Blyth. JDH should meet Blyth, inquire about domesticated varieties, study insular flora, solve coal-plant problem.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 May 1848
Classmark:  DAR 114: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1174

To J. F. W. Herschel   11 May [1848]

Summary

Describes colour changes from blue to red in valves of operculum of the cirripede genus Ibla.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  11 May [1848]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1175

To Charles Lyell   [21? June 1848]

Summary

Comments on apology by Chambers for using some of CD’s material without acknowledgment in discussing Glen Roy. His opinion of Chambers’ book [Ancient sea-margins (1848)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [21? June 1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.75)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1181

To Robert Chambers   [June 1848]

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Summary

Congratulates RC on his work on Scottish sea-margins [Ancient sea-margins (1848)].

Discusses Glen Roy; Milne staggered him in favour of the glacier view, but now his opinion has reverted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Chambers
Date:  [June 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 50: C1–C2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1182

To J. F. W. Herschel   6 June [1848]

Summary

Sends two valves of Ibla.

In his chapter [for Manual, Collected papers 1: 227–50], he will strike out any part that JFWH wants struck out, but if much shortening is required it will need rewriting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  6 June [1848]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1183

To John Higgins   6 June [1848]

Summary

Mentions his account; visit to Lincolnshire by his sister [Susan Darwin].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  6 June [1848]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1184

To John Higgins   14 June [1848]

Summary

Discusses possible land transactions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  14 June [1848]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1185

To Charles Lyell   [16 June 1848]

Summary

Comments on Ann Susan Horner’s escape in a dangerous incident at sea.

Compares addresses by William Buckland and CL, delivered at recent meeting of the Geological Society.

Discusses the views on Glen Roy in Chambers’ Ancient sea-margins [1848].

Speculates that Chambers wrote Vestiges [of creation (1844)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [16 June 1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1186

To J. E. Gray   28 [June 1848]

Summary

Mentions returning borrowed book by Camillo Ranzani.

Discusses loan of cirripede specimens from British Museum. "In truth never will a mountain in labour have brought forth such a mouse as my book on the Cirripedia. It is ridiculous the time each species takes me."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Gray
Date:  28 [June 1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.74)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1187

To Edward Cresy   [5 or 12 July 1848]

Summary

Has written to William Buckland, recommending EC for position.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  [5 or 12] July 1848
Classmark:  DAR 143: 306
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1188

To J. S. Henslow   2 July [1848]

Summary

Criticises lecturing system in education and emphasis on classics. Has forgotten all his classical knowledge.

Asks JSH’s help in naming cirripedes, on which he is working. Believes he has made "some very curious points".

Expects a sixth child [Francis] in August.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  2 July [1848]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A18–A20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1189

To Samuel Pickworth Woodward   10 July 1848

Summary

Is pleased to support SPW’s application for a position in the fossil department at the British Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Pickworth Woodward
Date:  10 July 1848
Classmark:  British Museum (Central Archive Staff Applications and Testimonials: S. P. Woodward CE33/710/45)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1189A

To Edward Cresy   [15 July 1848]

Summary

Encloses note from William Buckland [1190], stating that no appointment of surveyor is to be made. Thinks further recommendation would be unwise, but will write to Sir Henry De la Beche and [Robert?] Hutton if EC wishes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  [15 July 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 307
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1191

To Edward Cresy   [20 July 1848]

Summary

Will speak to Richard Owen, Henry De la Beche, and Robert Hutton concerning appointment for EC.

Leaving for sea-side on Saturday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  [20 July 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 308
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1192

To Francis Boott    20 August 1848

Summary

CD will write to A. A. Gould for aid. Thanks for sympathy and assistance about chloroform.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Boott
Date:  20 Aug 1848
Classmark:  James Cummins, Bookseller (website viewed 7 February 2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1195
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