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From Emma Wedgwood   [25–6 November 1838]

Summary

Responds to items in CD’s letter, just received. Suggests parts of London where he might look for a house. Gives news of friends and relatives.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 or 26] Nov 1838
Classmark:  DAR 204: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-444

To Emma Wedgwood   [27 November 1838]

Summary

CD and Erasmus continue to search for a house in central London. They have tea with the Carlyles.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [27 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-445

From Emma Wedgwood   [30 November 1838]

Summary

Has accepted the Hensleigh Wedgwoods’ invitation to go to London with them; can look at houses with CD. She wishes to avoid extravagance; asks him to choose three or four for her to see.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [30 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-447

From Emma Darwin to J. D. Hooker   [28 April 1864]

Summary

Emma prepares JDH for his visit to Wedgwood factory and Barlaston.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [28 Apr 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 232
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4473

To Emma Wedgwood   [30 November – 1 December 1838]

Summary

His search for a London house. He visits the Lyells, who give solemn advice to choose their London acquaintances carefully.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [30 Nov - 1 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-448

From Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox   [6 May 1864]

Summary

CD has been so ill they must discourage visit by WDF. Recovering slowly with new treatment.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [6 May 1864]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 143)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4487

From Emma Wedgwood   [3 December 1838]

Summary

She agrees that London is the place to settle. She is eager to see him and full of plans.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 153
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-449

From Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox   16 May [1864]

Summary

Urges WDF to send trap he has invented to the exhibition and competition of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Advertisement of Brailsford’s Patent Vermin Trap enclosed.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  16 May [1864]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 144)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4497

From Emma Darwin to W. E. Darwin   [17 May 1864]

Summary

CD says Meneanthes is now in flower.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [17 May 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 219.1: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4498F

From Emma Wedgwood   [23 December 1838]

Summary

Describes the journey home and the long talks on their return. No maid has been found, so he should engage the one she saw, "for ten guineas & tea & sugar a year". She thought CD looked unwell and overtired.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 154
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-460

From Emma Wedgwood   [26 December 1838]

Summary

Responds to his "business letter" about the maids, then chides herself for feeling dull and disagreeable when she has had everything all her life.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-462

To Emma Wedgwood   [29 December 1838]

Summary

The house at 12 Upper Gower Street is theirs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [29 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-463

From Emma Wedgwood   [29 December 1838]

Summary

Is delighted to learn they have "Macaw Cottage" [12 Upper Gower Street] – their second choice; hopes they have disposed of the dead dog in the garden. Much family news.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [29 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-464

From Emma Wedgwood   [30 December 1838]

Summary

Seeks to persuade CD to leave town at once, go to Shrewsbury for doctoring and some rest, then come to Maer for more rest, for he has looked "so unwell". She knows it must be hard for him to be unable to do his work.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [30 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 157
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-465

To Emma Wedgwood   [31 December 1838 –] 1 January 1839

Summary

Has moved into the Gower Street house. Is pleased with it and its location.

Hopes to be able to finish his Glen Roy paper soon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [31 Dec 1838 –] 1 Jan 1839
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-466

From E. A. Darwin to Emma Darwin   11 November [1863]

Summary

CD’s Copley Medal. The numbers were ten to eight in CD’s favour but the Cambridge men mustered strongly for Sedgwick.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  11 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B116–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4671

From Emma Darwin   [c. February 1839]

Summary

Discusses CD’s religious doubts. Fears his work may lead him to discount what cannot be proved, and advises that there are some things which, "if true are likely to be above our comprehension" and "that there is a danger in giving up revelation".

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. Feb 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-471

From Alice Bonham-Carter to Emma Darwin   21 December [1864]

Summary

Sends a translation by Mr Noel [not found] of C. B. von Cotta’s views on CD’s and Lyell’s work.

Author:  Alice Bonham-Carter
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  21 Dec [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 241
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4722

From Emma Darwin to Elinor Mary Bonham-Carter   23 December [1864]

Summary

CD sends thanks to Mr Noel for allowing him to see article [sent by Alice Bonham-Carter, see 4722]. CD is pleased at Bernhard von Cotta’s remarks on species; very few of the older distinguished geologists have so favourable a view of his work. He was particularly pleased to read Cotta’s remarks on the azoic formations.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Bonham-Carter, E. M.
Date:  23 Dec [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 442
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4723

To Emma Wedgwood   2 [–3 January 1839]

Summary

His dinner with the Carlyles. "He is the best worth listening to of any man" – but CD cannot get up much admiration for Mrs C, partly because of her Scots accent, which makes her difficult to understand.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  2 [–3 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-481
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