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Notes on marriage   [after 7 Apr 1838]


Published as an appendix to vol. 2 of the Correspondence; see Considers his options for the future. Debates marriage and the best place to live. Feels the need for experiment and direct observation which would be difficult living in London; he "could not go on as Lyell does correcting & adding up new information to old train".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 7 Apr 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8 :1, DAR 210.8: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-409

Notes on marriage   [July 1838]


Published as an appendix to vol. 2 of the Correspondence; see Debates with himself the pros and cons of marriage. Considers plans for future.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [July 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-420

To [unidentified]   12 September [1838]


Seeks permission to make another visit to Addiscombe [Military College] to see again the model of St Helena. He needs to correct proportion of some geological sections in his Geology [see Volcanic islands, ch. 4].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  12 Sept [1838]
Classmark:  The Morgan Library and Museum, New York (Gordon N. Ray Collection MA 13958)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-427

To ?   [February 1838 – February 1841?]


Asks correspondent if he would prefer the President’s signature alone or with those of other scientific men.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [Feb 1838 – Feb 1841?]
Classmark:  B. Altman (dealer) (3 October 1982)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13864

To George Robert Gray   [4 December 1838]


Sends GRG a few pages of proofs [of Birds]. Asks him to make any observations that might occur to him and to check passages in French and Latin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [4 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (14 December 1976)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-451

From Thomas Bell   [5 December 1838]


Sends congratulations on CD’s forthcoming marriage.

Has received some of the reptiles back from G. Bibron, who has named them. TB will get "some subjects in readiness for figuring" by CD’s date.

Author:  Thomas Bell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [5 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 163
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-452

To Joseph Beete Jukes   6 December 1838


The Geological Society cannot recommend anyone to the Government of Newfoundland, but CD advises JBJ to get a recommendation from Sedgwick.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Date:  6 Dec 1838
Classmark:  University of Oklahoma Libraries History of Science Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-453

To G. R. Gray   [6 December 1838]


Sends proofs [of Birds, no. 2]. Asks GRG to check Latin accents.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [6 Dec 1838?]
Classmark:  Leiden University Libraries (BPL 885 / Darwin s.a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-454

From Albert Way   9 December 1838


Congratulations on CD’s engagement.

In answer to CD’s request, tells him how to locate an artist who made excellent sketches of Scotland, and probably of Glen Roy. AW himself made a sketch of the Glen which he offers to CD [Collected papers 1: 88].

Author:  Albert Way
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec 1838
Classmark:  DAR 204: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-455

From J. S. Henslow   16 December 1838


On his 15th wedding anniversary JSH writes to CD wishing him happiness as great as JSH has had in his marriage, and adds some advice.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1838
Classmark:  DAR 204: 166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-456

From William Yarrell   [c. 17 December 1838]



Extract of a letter from Sir Robert Heron to WY, copied for CD, about the crossing of solid- and divided-hoofed pigs, and Angora rabbits of different colours.

Author:  William Yarrell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 17 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 205.7: 287
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-457

To the Secretary of the American Philosophical Society   20 December 1838


As Secretary of the Geological Society of London, formally expresses his thanks for initial numbers of Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Secretary, American Philosophical Society
Date:  20 Dec 1838
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-458

To Adam Sedgwick   21 [December 1838]


CD informs AS of the position of the Council of the Geological Society on recommending J. B. Jukes for a geological survey of Newfoundland. Feels Jukes’s application would have best chance of success if Sedgwick, his Professor at Cambridge, wrote a letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adam Sedgwick
Date:  21 [Dec 1838]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library Add 7652 IB: 175
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-459

To J. B. Jukes   25 December [1838]


Advises JBJ on preparing himself for geological work in Newfoundland.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Date:  25 Dec [1838]
Classmark:  University of Oklahoma Libraries History of Science Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-461

From William Yarrell   [December 1838]



A "Zoological memorandum" for CD with an extract from L. Hindmarsh, "On the wild cattle of Chillingham Park" [Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 2 (1838): 274–84].

Author:  William Yarrell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 205.7: 286
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-467

To Thomas Livingstone Mitchell   [1838]


Sends suggestions for points that would interest geologists in a description of valleys in the Blue Mountains [New South Wales].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Livingstone Mitchell
Date:  [1838]
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney (A 295/1, vol. VI., Misc. pp. 85–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-468

To Charles Lyell   9 August [1838]


Comments on receiving copy of Lyell’s Elements [of geology]. Much is new to CD, and he is copying out notes and references.

Criticises geological work of John Phillips.

Describes expedition to Glen Roy, about which he is writing a paper ["Parallel roads of Glen Roy" (1839), Collected papers 1: 87–137].

Enjoys the Athenaeum Club.

Criticises entomological work of F. W. Hope.

Asks Lyell to obtain for him a copy of barometric readings made at Leith.

Asks him to ascertain altitude of several Scottish lochs.

Comments on FitzRoy’s character.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  9 Aug [1838]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-424

To A. Y. Spearman   18 August 1838


Notification of submission of Smith, Elder & Co. accounts (enclosed) for first numbers of part II and part III of the Zoology, which are now published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  18 Aug 1838
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-424A

From Charles Lyell   6 and 8 September 1838


Would like to talk over Salisbury Craigs with CD.

CL’s father enthusiastic over Journal of researches.

Comments on Élie de Beaumont’s theory of mountain elevation.

Asks about parallel lines of upheaval and depression in the Pacific.

Glad CD likes Athenaeum Club.

Comments on methods of work.

Invites CD to visit Kinnordy.

Defends BAAS: "in this country no importance is attached to any body of men who do not make occasional demonstrations of their strength in public meetings".

With respect to Glen Roy, notes existence of deposits destitute of shells.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 and 8 Sept 1838
Classmark:  K. M. Lyell 1881 2: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-425

To the Geological Society of London   7 September 1838


Report on R. A. C. Austen’s paper on the origin of limestone in Devonshire [Proc. Geol. Soc. Lond. 2 (1838): 669–70]. CD deems it not worthy of publication in Transactions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  7 Sept 1838
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/COM/P/4/2/8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-426
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