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To Susan Darwin   [4 September 1831]

Summary

Spent preceding day with Henslow; much to be done. A friend, Alexander Charles Wood, has written to Capt. FitzRoy about CD. Peacock offered appointment as Beagle naturalist first to Leonard Jenyns, who almost accepted, as did Henslow himself. CD will talk to Capt. Francis Beaufort [Hydrographer] and FitzRoy. Thanks all his family.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [4 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-115

To Susan Darwin   [5 September 1831]

Summary

Wood has heard from FitzRoy, who seemed so much against CD’s going that CD and Henslow gave up. CD is in London; has seen FitzRoy, who is now ready to invite him. CD remains undecided. He likes FitzRoy. Gives details of prospective arrangements. They probably will be gone three years; "round the world" is not certain. Want of room is a serious objection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [5 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-117

To Susan Darwin   [6 September 1831]

Summary

Orders clothing, books, and other supplies for the voyage, to be sent to him in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [6 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-119

To Susan Darwin   [9 September 1831]

Summary

Discusses help he is receiving in his preparations for the voyage from William Yarrell and others. He has ordered a case of pistols, a rifle, and a good telescope with compass. It is settled that he will go.

Describes the coronation of William IV.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [9 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-122

To Susan Darwin   [19 March 1849]

Summary

Writes a detailed account of his treatment at J. M. Gully’s hydropathy establishment at Malvern.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [19 Mar 1849]
Classmark:  DAR 92: A7–A8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1234

To Susan Darwin   [14 September 1831]

Summary

Pleasant three-day voyage to Plymouth has increased CD’s admiration for FitzRoy. Describes the Beagle as an excellent vessel, but the want of room is very bad. He likes the officers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [14 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-126

To Susan Darwin   17 [September 1831]

Summary

Plans to come to Shrewsbury.

Is pleased with cabin assignment on Beagle. Beagle will map the east side of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia and set longitude of many places.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  17 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-127

To [Susan? Darwin]   [1843 – 8 March 1846]

Summary

Reports events at Down.

The "atrocious doings" of "Old Price". Price’s dispute with Sir John Lubbock over a boundary fence.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [1843 – 8 Mar 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 154: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13798

To Susan Darwin   14 July – 7 August [1832]

Summary

Regrets leaving the tropics, despite interest in a land where Europeans have never been. They have experienced political turmoil at Montevideo. Natural history going well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  14 July – 7 Aug [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-177

To Susan Darwin   29 January [1826]

Summary

Sends thanks to all for their letters.

News of dining and theatre at Edinburgh.

CD will learn to stuff birds from "a blackamoor".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  29 Jan [1826]
Classmark:  DAR 19: 3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-22

To Susan Darwin   3 December [1833]

Summary

Has had to draw bills totalling £217 in seven months.

Is glad the Captain has decided to winter in Tierra del Fuego, because this will facilitate "glorious excursions" into the Andes.

Has obtained fragments of fossil bones and part of a Megatherium head.

Their long delay occurred because the charts were not complete for sending home.

CD is now on shore because of seasickness.

The family may not hear from him for a year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  3 Dec [1833]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-233

To Susan Darwin   23 April 1835

Summary

His trip across the Andes and back was his most successful excursion: can clearly demonstate that the western part of the double line of mountains is much older, with fossil shells at 12000ft; the eastern line may be as modern as the Patagonian plains. If proved, this is an important fact in the theory of the formation of the world. Has found petrified trees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  23 Apr 1835
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-275

To Susan Darwin   3 [September] 1835

Summary

Living quietly on the ship and eating good food has been good for him. He longs for home. Peru is in a miserable state.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  3 [Sept] 1835
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-286

To Susan Darwin   28 January 1836

Summary

CD’s impressions of Sydney and of FitzRoy’s character and temperament.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  28 Jan 1836
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-294

To Susan Darwin   4 August [1836]

Summary

Beagle is again in Brazil because of need to check on "singular disagreements in the Longitudes".

Pleased by Sedgwick’s praise.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  4 Aug [1836]
Classmark:  DAR 223: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-306

To Susan Darwin   [1 April 1838]

Summary

FitzRoy is hard at work on his book [Narrative, vol. 2].

CD’s health is improved.

Describes his visit to zoo.

Gives news of E. A. Darwin and Harriet Martineau.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [1 Apr 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 223: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-407

To Susan Darwin   [26 April 1838]

Summary

Thanks for ham and corrections in spelling. Gives account of his social activities in past week.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [26 Apr 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 92: A5–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-410

To Susan Darwin   [15 May 1838]

Summary

Recounts dinner at Erasmus’ house with Harriet Martineau and others, and a visit to Cambridge to stay with Henslow and meet old friends again.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [15 May 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 223: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-413

To Susan Darwin   [22 February 1842]

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Summary

Comments on birth [of Catherine Elizabeth Sophia Wedgwood].

Plans to visit Shrewsbury.

Describes behaviour of William Darwin.

Discusses speculation losses of acquaintances, including T. Carlyle’s. Mentions his own loss on Journal of researches.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [22 Feb 1842]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-621

To Susan Darwin   [late July–August 1842]

Summary

Has made an offer for house at Down, renting having been refused. Discusses price, risks involved, and Edward Cresy’s advice.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [late July–Aug 1842]
Classmark:  DAR 92: A16–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-634
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