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From Emma Wedgwood   [3 January 1839]

Summary

Emma is surprised how quickly CD has moved into the new house and understands his feeling of triumph. Wants him and Fanny [Mrs Hensleigh] Wedgwood to settle on hiring a cook.

Is reading Mansfield Park [Jane Austen (1814)], which she finds "very suitable".

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 158
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-482

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  • … Wedgwood, Emma Darwin, Emma Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 204: 158 Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin Maer [3 Jan 1839] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Bibliography Emma Darwin ( …
  • … 1915): Emma Darwin: a century of family letters, 1792–1896. Edited by Henrietta …
  • … is preserved in DAR 219. See also Emma Darwin (1915) 1: 141–2. The excisions made from CD’ …

From Emma Wedgwood   [9 January 1839]

Summary

Glad to have his letter; supposes she will receive only two or three more from him in her life.

Thinks he should leave the curtains for her.

Discusses Mungo Park and Sir Walter Scott’s Life.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [9 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 160
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-486

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  • … DAR 204: 160 Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin Maer [9 Jan 1839] Charles Robert Darwin …

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

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  • … Wedgwood, Emma Darwin, Emma Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From Emma Darwin   [ c. February 1839] …
  • … DAR 210.8: 14 Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin unstated [c. Feb 1839] Charles Robert Darwin …

From Emma Wedgwood   [23 January 1839]

Summary

Responds warmly to his very nice letter. CD need have no fear that she will not be as happy as he.

Again expresses uneasiness that their opinions on religion do not agree on all points. Hopes they will sympathise in their feelings on the subject.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 162
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-492

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  • … DAR 204: 162 Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin Maer [23 Jan 1839] Charles Robert Darwin …

To Emma Wedgwood   [26 January 1839]

Summary

He has the wedding ring. Agrees to coming straight home after the wedding, if that is what she prefers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [26 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-493

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To Alphonse de Candolle   25 May [1839]

Summary

Invitation to dine at the Darwins’ with J. S. Henslow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  25 May [1839]
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-512

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  • Darwin, Emma Candolle, Alphonse de …
  • … Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection) Charles Robert Darwin Emma
  • … Wedgwood/Emma Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 25 May [1839] Alphonse de Candolle …
  • Darwin, C. R. Wedgwood, Emma

From Emma Wedgwood   [7 January 1839]

Summary

Still rejoices in having found the house they like.

Thinks he might enjoy Jenny [Jane Welsh] Carlyle’s company more away from Carlyle "as she must have her full swing in talking".

Says the wedding must be fixed for the 29th instead of the 24th.

Hopes he will look better than on his last visit.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [7 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-485

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  • … DAR 204: 159 Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin Maer [7 Jan 1839] Charles Robert Darwin …

From Emma Wedgwood   [20–1 January 1839]

Summary

Preparations for the wedding, various callers, and other bits of news.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20–1 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 161
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-490

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  • … DAR 204: 161 Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin Maer [20–1 Jan 1839] Charles Robert Darwin …

To Emma Wedgwood   [20 January 1839]

Summary

Comments on recent visit to Maer. Explains that his notion of happiness as quietness and solitude derives from Beagle experience. Hopes Emma will humanise him. Comments on marriage planned for Tuesday.

Describes recent visit by Lyell and his wife. Talked geology for half an hour "with poor Mrs Lyell sitting by". "I want practice in ill-treating the female sex."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [20 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-489

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  • Darwin, Emma
  • … Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
  • … DAR 210.8: 12 Charles Robert Darwin Athenaeum Club [20 Jan 1839] Emma
  • … to keep a bed for me, or lose the Licence. — Good Bye | My own dear Emma | Chas Darwin
  • Darwin, C. R. Wedgwood, Emma

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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  • Darwin, Emma
  • … Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
  • … DAR 210.8: 10 Charles Robert Darwin Athenaeum Club 2 [–3 Jan 1839] Emma
  • Darwin, C. R. Wedgwood, Emma
  • … at the Athenæum Good Bye my own dear Emma | Most affectionately Yours | Chas. Darwin
  • … so good bye my dear Emma. Ever your Affect | Charles Darwin. — P.S.  I took the Respirator …

To Emma Wedgwood   [6–7 January 1839]

Summary

Has been with the Lyells doing geology.

Is reading a biography of Sir W. Scott [J. G. Lockhart, Memoirs of the life of Sir Walter Scott (1837–8)]; also Mungo Park’s book [Travels (1799)].

Has hired a cook at fourteen guineas a year with tea and sugar.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [6-7 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-484

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To J. S. Henslow   [10 November 1839]

Summary

Urges JSH to describe Galapagos species in a paper on the flora of the islands.

Has been interested in geographical distribution and would be interested to have a paper by JSH on the general character of flora of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia.

"I keep on steadily collecting every sort of fact which may throw light on the origin & variation of species."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [10 Nov 1839]
Classmark:  The Morgan Library and Museum, New York (Heineman Collection MA 7127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-543

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  • … This letter is dated by an entry in Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) for Friday 8 November …

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

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  • … and Emma live quietly, having given up parties. Asks WDF if he remembers the Darwin family …