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To ?   31 December [1852–3]


Responds to correspondent’s request for information about shells from the Coquimbo beds in Chile. Difficulty in deciding on age of deposits and species. Notes views of Alcide d’Orbigny.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  31 Dec [1852-3]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13872

To ?   19 December [1852 or 1854]


Ray Society has given CD 22 copies [of Living Cirripedia, vol. 1].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 Dec [1852 or 1854]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.100)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1464

To Philip Henry Stanhope   30 July [1852]


Declines invitation to Chevening [Lord Stanhope’s residence].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Henry Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope
Date:  30 July [1852]
Classmark:  Archives of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University (bMs 7.10.3 (1))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13844

To J. S. Henslow   [1852–60]


Sends an enclosure forwarded from Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [1852–60]
Classmark:  Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine (H MS c3.3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1466F

To J. J. S. Steenstrup   3 January [1852]


Asks JS to compare cirripede specimens with those of Lorenz Spengler to establish comparative nomenclature.

Requests reference to article describing Xenobalanus.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johannes Japetus Smith (Japetus) Steenstrup
Date:  3 Jan [1852]
Classmark:  Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen (NKS 3460 4to)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1469

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 10 January 1852]


Asks readers of Gardeners’ Chronicle whether they have experience with light wire rope instead of chain in drawing water buckets from deep wells. Describes the problem of his own well with its 325 foot chain.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 10 Jan 1852]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 2, 10 January 1852, p. 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1470

To Edward Forbes   23 January [1852?]


Discusses Balanus unguiformis. Promises to return specimen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Forbes
Date:  23 Jan [1852?]
Classmark:  Florida State University Libraries, Strozier Library Special Collections Vault (tipped into a copy of Origin, QH365 .O2 1859)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1472

To Edwin Lankester, Ray Society   30 January [1852]


The Binder "by some wonderful Blunder" has bound the enclosed in all of CD’s copies [of Living Cirripedia, vol. 1]. He requests that it be pulled out. It may belong to W. A. Leighton’s volume [Lichens (1851)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edwin Lankester
Date:  30 Jan [1852]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 19 photocopy & John Wilson (dealer) Cat. 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1472A

To J. D. Dana   15 February [1852]


Sending first volumes on Living and Fossil Cirripedia. Solicits JDD’s opinion, especially on sexual relations of Scalpellum and Ibla, on which he "hardly expect[s] to be believed".

Sends unusual crustacean specimen collected by B. J. Sulivan.

The Sporillus sent by JDD is a very curious species of Acasta [see Living Cirripedia 2: 319].

Asks JDD to identify and give geographical distribution of pieces of coral in which some cirripedes are imbedded.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Dwight Dana
Date:  15 Feb [1852]
Classmark:  Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives (Dana Family Papers (MS 164) Series 1, Box 2, folder 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1473

To W. E. Darwin   24 [February 1852]


Is glad WED has made a good beginning [at Rugby?].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  24 [Feb 1852]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1474

To A. A. Gould   29 February [1852]


Sends presentation copy of Fossil Cirripedia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Augustus Addison Gould
Date:  29 Feb [1852]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Augustus A. Gould papers, 1831–66 MS Am 1210: 226)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1475

To W. D. Fox   7 March [1852]


Congratulates and "condoles" with WDF on a tenth child.

On education, he has not had courage to break away from "the old stereotyped stupid classical education"; has sent William to Rugby.

The first Ray Society volume [Living Cirripedia] is finished.

Has joined in a society to prosecute violators of the act against use of children in climbing chimneys.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  7 Mar [1852]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 80)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1476

To Syms Covington   14 March 1852


Asks for details about the discoveries of gold in Australia.

Has published one book on barnacles [1851].

Sulivan has just returned from his cattle farm in the Falklands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  14 Mar 1852
Classmark:  Sydney Mail, 9 August 1884, p. 254
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1477



Cancelled: draft of 1496.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [Apr 1852]
Classmark:  DAR 206: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1478

From Johannes Japetus Smith Steenstrup    8 April 1852


His difficulties in answering CD’s letter of 3 Jan [1852] [see 1469]. There is no Lepas mitra in the Lorenz Spengler collection. He undertakes to compare the specimens of Balanus sent by CD with those of Spengler.

He thanks CD for his book [Fossil Cirripedia (1851)].

His work with Professor Forchhammer and Mr Worsaae.

Author:  Johannes Japetus Smith (Japetus) Steenstrup
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr 1852
Classmark:  Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1478A

To George Crawford Hyndman   16 April [1852]


Thanks GCH for Balanus specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Crawford Hyndman
Date:  16 Apr [1852]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1479

To John William Parker   5 May [1852]


As an author of some scientific works CD is of the opinion that each bookseller should settle, each for himself, the retail price.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John William Parker
Date:  5 May [1852]
Classmark:  Stationers’ Company (Records Pt XI (III) J. W. Parker: autograph letters from authors (TSC/1/F/07/22))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1480A

To J. D. Dana   8 May [1852]


Gratified by JDD’s opinion of his work.

Discusses problem of homologies of cirripede larva in first stage and reasons for his view.

JDD’s information on corals was just what CD needed.

Would like specimen of blind cave rat described by B. Silliman [Jr] ["On the Mammoth Cave of Kentucky", Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 11 (1851): 336] for Waterhouse to examine.

Discusses origin of Australian valleys; he disagrees with JDD’s river-erosion hypothesis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Dwight Dana
Date:  8 May [1852]
Classmark:  Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives (Dana Family Papers (MS 164) Series 1, Box 2, folder 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1481

To John Higgins   19 June [1852]


Discusses his account and rent reduction. Comments on agricultural prices.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  19 June [1852]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/54)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1483

To Richard Owen   17 July [1852]


Gratified by what RO says about his book [Living Cirripedia, vol. 1 (1851)]. The anatomical work is the only part he is really interested in; finds the "mere systematic part infinitely tedious"; but will be surprised if he is ever proved wrong on the males of Ibla and Scalpellum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  17 July [1852]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/188)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1484
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