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To Edward Cresy   15 May [1853]


Apologises for the trouble he has given EC. CD has given up the siphon plan and intends to make only an ordinary tank with a pump.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  15 May [1853]
Classmark:  R. M. Smythe (dealer) (March 2002)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1682

To Christian Karl Josias Bunsen   16 August [1853]


Thanks correspondent for forwarding microscopical specimens, a present from C. G. Ehrenberg.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Christian Karl Josias Bunsen, Freiherr von Bunsen
Date:  16 Aug [1853]
Classmark:  The Morgan Library and Museum, New York (Heineman Collection MA 6511)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-902

To G. R. Waterhouse   18 January [1853]


Thanks GRW for his sympathy on his ill health. Feels better lately.

Sends thanks to G. P. Deshayes for his advice.

Asks what "original work" GRW has begun so his name will become better known.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  18 Jan [1853]
Classmark:  McGill University Library, Department of Rare Books
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-944

To John Lubbock   10 [September 1853]


Asks about source of paper on the metamorphosis of Pycnogonida for C. S. Bate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  10 [Sept 1853]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.97)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1365

To Josiah Wedgwood III   25 [April 1853]


Discusses the [CD/Emma] marriage trust.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III
Date:  25 [Apr 1853]
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1379

To E. A. Darwin   26 [April 1853]


Writes concerning marriage trust.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  26 [Apr 1853]
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 19, 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1380

To [William Sharpey]   [1853–72?]


If Hooker [presumably Joseph Dalton Hooker] knows he is proposed [for something at the Royal Society?] he will enquire if he can attend.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sharpey
Date:  [1853–1872?]
Classmark:  Duke University, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library (letter album compiled by William Sharpey, secretary of the Royal Society of London)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13892

To C. S. Bate   10 January [1853]


Asks if CSB can help him obtain specimen of Verruca.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Spence Bate
Date:  10 Jan [1853]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1471

To T. H. Huxley   23 April [1853]


On THH’s paper on cephalous Mollusca [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 143 (1853) pt 1: 29–66]. Discovery of the type or "idea" (in THH’s sense, not Owen’s or Agassiz’s) is one of the highest ends of natural history.

Discusses anamorphism;

position of heart in Cleodora.

Variability within species;

cementing process in cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  23 Apr [1853]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1480

To Albany Hancock   10 January [1853]


Grateful for AH’s long letter and suggestions. Delighted at what he says about "complemental males". CD feared no one would believe in them but now that Owen, Dana, and AH accept them, he is content.

Agrees with AH on cross-impregnation; has collected facts on this head but has done nothing with them.

AH’s paper on Alcippe [Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 2d ser. 4 (1849): 305–14] caused him to lose sleep over its anomalous structure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albany Hancock
Date:  10 Jan [1853]
Classmark:  Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1497

To Albany Hancock   29 January [1853]


Discusses Alcippe. Asks to borrow specimens. Would like to hire fishermen to collect specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albany Hancock
Date:  29 Jan [1853]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1498

To W. D. Fox   29 January [1853]


Discusses education of his sons. Would like to see more diversity.

He is pleased that Richard Owen and others had a good opinion of his first volume [on Living Cirripedia].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  29 Jan [1853]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 82)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1499

To Thomas Salt   31 January [1853]


Asks if Thomas Salt can dispose of the £600 Shrewsbury Street mortgage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Salt
Date:  31 Jan [1853]
Classmark:  Rachel Salt (private collection); sold by Spink’s (dealers), July 2018
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1499F

To Albany Hancock   10 February [1853]


Has found plenty of male Alcippe on specimens. Would eventually like more specimens. Did not recognise males at first. Has found Alcippe difficult to make out.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albany Hancock
Date:  10 Feb [1853]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1500

To Albany Hancock   12 February [1853]


Describes anatomy and growth stages of Alcippe in close detail.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albany Hancock
Date:  12 Feb [1853]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1501

To Charles Lyell   15 February [1853]


Returns Lake Superior [1850], which he already has received from Agassiz. Thanks for pamphlets by C. B. Adams [on Mollusca, Contrib. Conchol. 10 (1851): 189–206; 11 (1852): 207–15].

Describes his dissection of an unusual cirripede [Alcippe lampas] with 12 males attached [see Living Cirripedia 2: 556, 558].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  15 Feb [1853]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.103)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1502

To Josiah Wedgwood III   18 February 1853


Sends his written consent regarding custody of the deeds of the Owen mortgage. Other financial matters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III
Date:  18 Feb 1853
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1503

To Albany Hancock   25 February [1853]


Asks at what depth Alcippe is found and on what date the shell with Alcippe specimens that AH sent was taken.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albany Hancock
Date:  25 Feb [1853]
Classmark:  J. Hancock 1886, p. 275
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1504

From Albany Hancock   25 February 1853


Discusses taxonomic relations of Alcippe.

Author:  Albany Hancock
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Feb 1853
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1505

To J. S. Henslow   8 March [1853]


CD has been reassured about his "speculation" in Mr Warren’s company. Thanks JSH for his advice and trouble.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  8 Mar [1853]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A21–A24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1506
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