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To John Phillips   [November 1840]

Summary

Sends his paper on earthquakes [(1840), Collected papers 1: 53–86]. Now sets less value on theoretical reasoning in geology than when he wrote it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [Nov 1840]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-578

From J. S. Henslow   2 November 1840

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Summary

Would like further experimentation to confirm report about germination of wheat from Egyptian tombs. Sir G. Wilkinson may have been deceived by the Arabs.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1840
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 236
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-579

To the Geological Society of London   18 November [1840]

Summary

Recommends that Consul Chatfield’s communication on an earthquake in San Salvador [read 5 Feb 1840; Proc. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1840): 179] not be published in Transactions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  18 Nov [1840]
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/COM/P/4/2/35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-580

To G. N. Smith   20 November [1840]

Summary

Sorry that ill health prevented sooner reply. Letter about caves at Caldy was already read by Buckland. Will examine birds’ beaks when better and present to Geological Society of London in Smith’s name.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gilbert Nicholas Smith
Date:  20 Nov [1840]
Classmark:  Angus Carroll (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-580F

To G. R. Gray   [20 November – 11 December 1840]

Summary

Thanks GRG for his gift [A list of the genera of birds (1840)] and trusts that now GRG will be able to finish John Gould’s MS for Zoology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [20 Nov – 11 Dec 1840]
Classmark:  The British Library (Egerton MS 2348: 237–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-581

From J. S. Henslow   21 November 1840

Summary

Reports on abortive anthers in flowers of thyme sent by CD.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1840
Classmark:  DAR 109: A86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-582

To A. Y. Spearman   22 November 1840

Summary

The second number of part four of the Zoology has now been published. The account of Smith, Elder & Co. is presented.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  22 Nov 1840
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-582A

To Miles Joseph Berkeley   [26 November 1840]

Summary

Remarks that each of two species of Fagus separated by 1000 miles has a fungus that grows on it; the fungus species are probably closely allied.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  [26 Nov 1840]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-583

To William Buckland   [November 1840 – 17 February 1841]

Summary

He encloses an unidentified paper received from R. I. Murchison the previous day.

Is unable to provide information about Dr Du Gard.

Appreciates the maps of Glen Roy sent by WB. Would welcome the opinions of WB and Louis Agassiz concerning the parallel roads but cannot give up the idea of their marine origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Buckland
Date:  [Nov 1840 – 17 Feb 1841]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Buckland papers, Glaciation /4 (iv)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-641A
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