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To J. S. Henslow   [after 6 December 1856]

Summary

He is steadily and very hard at work on "Variation" [Natural selection] and finds the whole subject "deeply interesting but horribly perplexed".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [after 6 Dec 1856]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2006

To J. S. Henslow   11 April 1833

Summary

Description of the months at Tierra del Fuego. His first sight of the primitive Fuegians. Geological and zoological observations and specimens.

The Falklands: geological and zoological observations.

Convinced the [Megatherium] sent to Royal College of Physicians [by Woodbine Parish] belongs to same formation as bones he sent home.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  11 Apr 1833
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 17 DAR/1/1/17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-204

To J. S. Henslow   18 July 1833

Summary

Fears JSH will think his collections scanty. Makes it a constant rule to prefer obscure and diminutive tribes of animals.

Now has a servant whom he has taught to skin birds, etc.

Lists four barrels of specimens he is sending.

Gives future route. He looks forward to the western coast of South America.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  18 July 1833
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 18 DAR/1/1/18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-210

From J. S. Henslow   31 August 1833

Summary

The [Megatherium] fossils were extremely interesting and were shown at the Geological Section of the BAAS meeting at Cambridge [1833].

The plants delight him; will work them out with W. J. Hooker.

CD should send every fossil he can find; minute insects will be nearly all new. Delighted with descriptions of the few animals alluded to.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Aug 1833
Classmark:  DAR 97(ser. 2): 14–15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-213

To J. S. Henslow   10 August [1857]

Summary

Delighted that JSH is coming to Down. Sends correct train time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  10 Aug [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2132

To J. S. Henslow   14 October [1857]

Summary

JSH’s Myosotis is beginning to sport. Asks whether some features are not odd.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  14 Oct [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2153

To J. S. Henslow   18 October [1857]

Summary

Sends details on Myosotis sports. Feels sure he could make any flower in some degree monstrous in four or five generations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  18 Oct [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A45–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2154

To J. S. Henslow   [20–7] September 1833

Summary

Informs JSH that a Spanish friend has offered him a cargo of bones. If they arrive, he has arranged with Edward Lumb to forward them to JSH. [Forwarded to JSH with 244.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [20–7] Sept 1833
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 19 DAR/1/1/19)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-216

To John Stevens Henslow   25 January [1858]

Summary

Mrs Henslow’s death stirs reminiscences of happier days.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  25 Jan [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A50–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2207

To J. S. Henslow   12 November 1833

Summary

Is sending a cargo of specimens – birds’ skins, small quadrupeds, and fossil bones.

Describes his overland trip from Rio Negro to Buenos Aires and his expedition to Santa Fé.

Asks for mineralogical works to help him with the volcanic rocks of the west coast.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  12 Nov 1833
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 20 DAR/1/1/20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-229

To J. S. Henslow   4 August [1858]

Summary

CD and his family have come to the seashore, driven from home by scarlet fever at Down, death [of Charles Waring Darwin], and other family illness. Sorry to miss seeing JSH.

Would be grateful to hear his objections to CD’s species speculations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  4 Aug [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A53–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2320

To J. S. Henslow   25 September [1857]

Summary

Thanks JSH for his magnificent present. Hopes Hooker will bring the specimens.

Have water-fowl ever been seen at Ipswich on Mr Ransome’s great tank?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  25 Sept [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A58–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2329

To J. S. Henslow   9 November [1858]

Summary

Arrangements to meet JSH at station for his visit to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  9 Nov [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A60–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2356

To J. S. Henslow   March 1834

Summary

On fossils ([Megatherium], etc.), plants, shells sent and new ones found; geological observations. Asks for help in understanding cleavage and planes of deposition.

A new species of ostrich. Cites differences in size, colour, nidification, and geographical distribution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  Mar 1834
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 21 DAR/1/1/21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-238

From J. S. Henslow   22 July 1834

Summary

CD’s cargo is safe; the fossils have been sent to William Clift.

JSH asks for dried plants (those sent were all of greatest interest).

Sends news of Cambridge and mutual friends.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 July 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-249

To J. S. Henslow   24 July – 7 November 1834

Summary

CD is excited by JSH’s high opinion of his collections.

Discusses his notes and some new discoveries. Summary of events since leaving Falklands.

Geology of Patagonia.

Corallines at Tierra del Fuego convince him of artificiality of arrangement of their families by Lamarck and Cuvier.

Geological expedition in Andes, ending with serious illness. Specimens being sent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  24 July & 28 Oct & 7 Nov 1834
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 22 DAR/1/1/22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-251

To J. S. Henslow   11 November 1859

Summary

Sends the Origin to his "dear old master in natural history"; fears he will not approve of his pupil in this case. Asks for criticisms. If JSH is even in slight degree staggered on the immutability of species, CD is convinced that he will be more staggered on further reflection – this has been the process of his own mind.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  11 Nov 1859
Classmark:  DAR 145: 100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2522

To J. S. Henslow   4 October 1834

Summary

CD is unwell.

FitzRoy has dispatched two casks of bones and stones, a box with "very valuable specimens", and a large jar.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  4 Oct 1834
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 23 DAR/1/1/23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-258

To J. S. Henslow   8 November 1834

Summary

Sends two boxes of specimens and part of his "hum-drum letter-like" journal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  8 Nov 1834
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 24 DAR/1/1/24)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-263

To J. S. Henslow   10 January [1859]

Summary

Thanks JSH for specimens. Comments on the structure of a hornet comb and asks JSH to obtain some fresh combs for him and to make observations for him. He is greatly interested in "these wondrous architectural instincts".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  10 Jan [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A120–A121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2648
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