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To W. D. Fox    [29 July 1828]

Summary

CD on a reading party at Barmouth, Wales;

difficulty with mathematics.

Reports on his entomological collecting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [29 July 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-45

To W. D. Fox    [19 August 1828]

Summary

Accepts invitation to a Music Meeting at Osmaston, Derbyshire.

Entomological news and queries.

Has taken up angling.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [19 Aug 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-46

From W. D. Fox   2[0–29] October [1864?]

Summary

Fox hopes to see CD in London in November.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2[0–29] Oct [1864?]
Classmark:  DAR 164 (unnumbered fragments)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4639F

From W. D. Fox   28 November [1864]

Summary

Congratulates CD on the Copley Medal.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Nov [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 182
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4683

To W. D. Fox   30 November [1864]

Summary

The Copley Medal is considered a great honour, but such things make little difference to CD, except for the several kind letters he received. It shows that natural selection is making some progress.

His health is poor.

Work is crawling on Variation;

occasional botany recreative.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  30 Nov [1864]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 145)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4685

From William Darwin Fox   6 January [1865]

Summary

Thanks CD for his Lythrum paper [Collected papers 2: 106–31].

Tells of the birth of his 16th child. Has five grandchildren.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 183
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4741

To W. D. Fox   [October 1828]

Summary

Sends some stuffed birds for "Osmaston Museum" and some insects.

Home having cloyed, plans to go to Woodhouse to visit the Owens and the black-eyed houris [Sarah and Fanny] there.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [Oct 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-48

From W. D. Fox   [before 26 October 1865]

Summary

His second son [C. W. Fox] has a studentship at Christ Church, Oxford.

[Isolated fragments only.]

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 26 Oct 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 204 (fragile)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4903

To W. D. Fox   25–6 October [1865]

Summary

Bad health during last six months has prevented scientific work.

News of family.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  25–6 Oct [1865]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 146)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4924

From William Darwin Fox   20 August [1866]

Summary

Is looking for CD’s book [Variation]; does not know whether it is yet published.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Aug [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5195

To W. D. Fox   24 August [1866]

Summary

Family news. Describes [final] illness of Susan Darwin [d. 3 Oct 1866]. CD’s health better.

Making rapid progress on Variation.

Has heard of hybrids between moths mentioned by WDF.

Work on [4th] edition of Origin has delayed Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  24 Aug [1866]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries and Archives (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5197

To W. D. Fox    [29 October 1828]

Summary

Has met Frederick William Hope, the entomologist; relates F. W. Hope’s praise of CD’s collection and his generous offer of assistance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [29 Oct 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-52

From William Darwin Fox   1 February [1867]

Summary

Wants to know whether Variation is published and how the other book [CD’s proposed volume on variation in nature] is going.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 185
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5388

To W. D. Fox   6 February [1867]

Summary

Has just sent MS of Variation off to printer. Is in darkness about its merits.

News of family and their health. Riding seems to help him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 Feb [1867]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 147)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5392

To W. D. Fox    [24 December 1828]

Summary

CD is collecting entomological specimens;

extols the charms of Fanny Owen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [24 Dec 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-54

To W. D. Fox   24 October [1839]

Summary

Hopes to publish volume on coral formations in a few months.

He and Emma live quietly, having given up parties.

Asks WDF if he remembers the Darwin family motto. He means to have a "seal solemnly engraved".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  24 Oct [1839]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-541

To W. D. Fox    [7 January 1829]

Summary

Entomological news, his poor success in collecting, observation of chrysalis.

Commiserates with WDF in his dismal pre-examination state.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [7 Jan 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 8a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-55

To W. D. Fox    [25–9 January 1829]

Summary

Congratulates WDF on finishing at Cambridge; he regards his place as a very good one, and comments on how others did.

Father much pleased by gift of a swan.

Adds some entomological news.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [25–9 Jan 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-56

To W. D. Fox    [26 February 1829]

Summary

Entomological visits with F. W. Hope and J. F. Stephens in London. News of insects taken and birds shot.

Has been advised by his tutor to defer the "Little Go". Sends news of Cambridge friends.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [26 Feb 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-57

To W. D. Fox   [7 June 1840]

Summary

Family news.

CD’s health is improving, but he has scarcely put pen to paper in the last half-year, and everything in the publishing line is going backwards.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [7 June 1840]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 60)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-572
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