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From [J. M. Herbert]   [early May 1831]

Summary

Asks CD to accept a Coddington microscope, which accompanies his anonymous note.

Compliments CD on talent and sincerity.

Author:  John Maurice Herbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [early May 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-99

To J. S. Henslow    15 [November 1831]

Summary

Sailing date fixed for end of month. Beagle is beautiful. Details of instructions and route. Hopes voyage will not exceed four years. Quarters very confined. Considers Jenyns did wisely in not coming. If CD were longer out of college and some years older he never could have endured it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  15 [Nov 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 10 DAR/1/1/10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-147

To Charles Whitley    15 November [1831]

Summary

Regrets that it will be impossible to visit Cambridge for some years. Reminisces about CW’s "classical Sunday evenings", the Glutton Club, and his friends.

"We spend about 2 years in S. America, the rest of time larking round the world."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  15 Nov [1831]
Classmark:  T. H. W. Bower (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-148

To W. D. Fox   17 [November 1831]

Summary

Still delayed; will not sail until 5 December. Instructions have come, with proposed itinerary.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  17 [Nov 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 45)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-149

From J. S. Henslow   20 November 1831

Summary

Is sending plates for R. T. Lowe’s paper [Trans. Cambridge Philos. Soc. 4 (1833): 1–70].

Adds advice on working the surd.

Agrees with CD that Beagle voyage would have been wrong for Jenyns, but assures him he (CD) is the right man. Warns CD against his "foible" of taking offence at rudeness or ungentlemanlike behaviour.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-150

To J. S. Henslow    3 December [1831]

Summary

Confusion on board the Beagle at definite prospect of sailing. Gives directions for sending mail to Montevideo.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  3 Dec [1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 11 DAR/1/1/11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-152

To W. D. Fox   [23 January 1831]

Summary

Congratulates WDF on passing his examination for the curacy; hopes he will find it comfortable.

CD is pleased at his own good showing.

Asks about WDF’s examination, books, etc.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [23 Jan 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-89

From George Simpson   [26] January [1831]

Summary

Congratulates CD on his "very very good degree". Asks about friends; wishes him well.

Author:  George Simpson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26] Jan [1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-90

From Henry Matthew   [2 February 1831]

Summary

Is in London living in a garret, almost penniless, and has legal and marital difficulties. He hopes to sell some verse.

Author:  Henry Matthew
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2 Feb 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-91

To W. D. Fox   [9 February 1831]

Summary

Will leave Cambridge shortly after division; plans to return for next term. With so many friends, Henslow among the foremost, it will be pleasant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [9 Feb 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-92

From Henry Matthew   [14 February 1831]

Summary

Accepted CD’s "generous remittance" rather than go to jail; has pawned his watch. Will stay one fortnight to see whether he can do anything; if he fails he will go home. If he succeeds he will ask his father to pay his debts and nothing else for a two-year period. Is proud of the attachment CD shows.

Author:  Henry Matthew
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [14 Feb 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-93

To W. D. Fox   [15 February 1831]

Summary

Informs WDF of a shipment of birds ready to be sent by Baker.

Urges WDF to read Herschel’s essay [A preliminary discourse on the study of natural philosophy (1830)] in Lardner’s [Cabinet] Cyclopedia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [15 Feb 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-94

From Henry Matthew   [March or April 1831]

Summary

In London HM was too harassed by his wife to write; has gone home and is much bothered by his father. Looks for a place as a private tutor. Remains CD’s devoted friend.

Author:  Henry Matthew
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Mar or Apr 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-95

To W. D. Fox   [7 April 1831]

Summary

CD expects pleasant spring term; will botanise with Henslow.

He is dreaming of going to the Canary Islands for tropical scenery.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [7 Apr 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-96

To W. D. Fox   [11 May 1831]

Summary

CD’s father has given him £200 to settle his debts.

He is delighted by a magnificent anonymous gift of a microscope.

Sees a good deal of the Henslows who are expecting a child soon.

CD still talks of the "Canary scheme"; he is learning Spanish.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [11 May 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-100

To W. D. Fox   [9 July 1831]

Summary

Poverty keeps him at Shrewsbury.

The Canary scheme still goes, CD is studying Spanish and geology.

Jenyns has started CD on Diptera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [9 July 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 41)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-101

To J. S. Henslow   [11 July 1831]

Summary

Has been learning to use a clinometer.

Has investigated passage and fares for Canaries trip.

Rereading Humboldt.

Asks JSH to thank Jenyns for present of Diptera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [11 July 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 1 DAR/1/1/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-102

To C. T. Whitley    [19 July 1831]

Summary

He is "mad about Geology" and plans to ride through Wales in August with a few days at Barmouth.

Some humorous gossip.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  [19 July 1831]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-102A

To W. D. Fox   1 August [1831]

Summary

Will send his insects and two or three from Henslow.

The Canary scheme takes place next June.

Is grieved WDF thinks him capable of telling falsehoods.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  1 Aug [1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 42)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-103

From J. S. Henslow   24 August 1831

Summary

JSH has been asked by Peacock to recommend a naturalist as companion to Capt. FitzRoy on Beagle voyage. CD the best qualified person; not a finished naturalist but amply qualified for collecting, observing, and noting.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Aug 1831
Classmark:  DAR 97(ser.2):4–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-105
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