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To the Admiralty   9 [May 1846]


Encloses letter and paper to be forwarded to B. J. Sulivan.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Admiralty
Date:  9 [May 1846]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-694

To Librarian   27 October [1846 or 1848?]


Orders Andrew Knight’s paper ["An account of some experiments on the fecundation of vegetables", Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. (1799): 195–204] and J. E. Gray’s book [Gleanings from the menagerie and aviary at Knowsley Hall (1846)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Librarian
Date:  27 Oct [1846 or 1848]
Classmark:  University of Michigan Library, Special Collections Research Center (Science and Philosophy Collection, gift of J. Christian Bay)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1013

From A. C. V. D. d’Orbigny   [June–July 1846]


ACVDdO asks CD to assist him in finding correspondents willing to provide British fossil shells for his proposed work, Paléontologie universelle, in exchange for parts of ACVDdO’s palaeontological works.

Author:  Alcide Charles Victor Dessalines (Alcide) d’Orbigny
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [June-July 1846]
Classmark:  Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London (Part 2) 2 1846: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-982A

From Searles Valentine Wood   5 June 1846


Variation in Mollusca.

Author:  Searles Valentine Wood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 June 1846
Classmark:  DAR 181: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-983

To Smith, Elder & Co.   6 June [1846]


Arrangements for publishing [South America].

Author:  Smith, Elder & Co
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 June [1846]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections DC AL 1/3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-983F

To Richard Owen   21 [June 1846]


B. J. Sulivan has just arrived with fossil bones from Patagonia. Wants to arrange meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  21 [June 1846]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/204)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-984

To William Crawford Williamson   23 June [1846]


Does not remember where specimens came from. CD picked fossils most likely to contain Infusoria. Discusses composition of Tertiary strata of South America from which they came. Questions WCW’s statement that they contained siliceous matter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Crawford Williamson
Date:  23 June [1846]
Classmark:  Missouri Botanical Garden Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-985

To J. D. Hooker   [8 or 15 July 1846]



Regrets he cannot visit JDH.

Has been talking with Lyell about coal, which he finds utterly perplexing.

Is delighted with the generalisations in latest numbers of Flora Antarctica.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [8 or 15] July 1846
Classmark:  DAR 114: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-986

To John Maurice Herbert   [3 September? 1846]


Is slaving at South America – ¾ finished.

Has discovered geologists never read each other’s works – "the only object in writing a book is a proof of earnestness … Geology is at present very oral".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  [3 Sept? 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 145: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-988

From Edward Forbes   [7 August 1846]


Has completed descriptions of S. American fossil shells [for South America]. Proposes to name a Nautilus after A. D. d’Orbigny.

Author:  Edward Forbes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [7 Aug 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 43.1: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-989

To Charles Lyell   [8 August 1846]


Comments on forthcoming edition [7th (1847)] of CL’s Principles. Mentions other books relevant to CL’s needs by Hooker, H. G. Bronn, Edward Forbes, and J. G. Kölreuter. Discusses his own books on volcanoes and the geology of S. America.

Mentions expected visit to Down by the Lyells.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [8 Aug 1846]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.49)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-990

To Robert Mallet   26 August [1846]


Thanks RM for "Dynamics of earthquakes" [Trans. R. Irish Acad. 21 (1848): 50–106]. It has cleared up his ideas on undulations. Now wishes he had said nothing about them in Journal of researches. Sends his paper ["Certain volcanic phenomena in S. America", Collected papers 1: 53–86]. Wishes RM would investigate Chile. Speculates whether earthquakes coincide with moon or tides.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Mallet
Date:  26 Aug [1846]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-992

To Leonard Horner   [17 August – 7 September 1846]


Discusses proposed survey of Glen Roy. Mentions Glen Roy theories of Agassiz and William Buckland. Includes a memorandum calling for a careful survey of the parallel roads of Glen Roy. Mentions M. A. Bravais ["On the lines of ancient level of the sea in Finmark", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 1 (1845): 534].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Horner
Date:  [17 Aug – 7 Sept 1846]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.53); DAR 145: 136–7 (enclosure)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-993

From J. D. Hooker   [before 3 September 1846]



Has done Edmondston’s Galapagos plants.

Dispute between Edward Forbes and H. C. Watson.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 3 Sept 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-994

From Edward Forbes   [September 1846]


Returns corrected proof of his descriptions of S. American fossil shells [South America, appendix].

Author:  Edward Forbes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Sept 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 43.1: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-995

To J. D. Hooker   [3 September 1846]



Has nearly finished South America.

Pleased to hear JDH has worked out identical and representative species of N. Temperate and Antarctic regions.

Geoffroy Saint Hilaire’s "loi du balancement" as applied to plants.

CD jaded by, but has nearly completed, South America.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [3 Sept 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-996

From J. D. Hooker   28 September 1846



Cannot come to Down to meet B. J. Sulivan as W. H. Harvey is calling.

Plant distribution and soil nature.

Forbes’s modification of Watson’s types of vegetation.

JDH will write comparison of representative plant species of the N. and S. Hemispheres.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Sept 1846
Classmark:  DAR 100: 69–72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-998

To John Lindley   [c. 10 October 1846]


CD sends a copy [of South America] to Gardeners’ Chronicle and refers to a passage on Patagonian salt; asks for backing and specific information supplementing his suggestion that an added chloride would increase the salt’s preserving power.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lindley
Date:  [c. 10 Oct 1846]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Lindley, John letters, A–K: 191)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-999

To Robert Fitzroy   [1846]


Cancelled: part of 1014. Thanks RF for his kindness on Beagle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [1846]
Classmark:  LL 1: 332
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-936

To Reeve Brothers   [August 1846]


Discusses printing of a plate [for South America (1846)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reeve Brothers.
Date:  [Aug 1846]
Classmark:  The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-937
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