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To ?   [2 June? 1840]

Summary

Can give no information on the separation of the sexes in the guanaco.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [2 June 1840]
Classmark:  The British Library (Charnwood Autographs Vol. IV Add MS 70951: 315)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-570F

To A. Y. Spearman   20 May 1840

Summary

The fourth number of part one of the Zoology has now been published. The Smith, Elder & Co. account is submitted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  20 May 1840
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-568A

To Robert Fitzroy   [20 February 1840]

Summary

Cancelled. Same as To Robert FitzRoy   [20 February 1840]. Dated 21 [May 1840], in first edition of the printed Calendar, but cancelled before the second edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [20 Feb 1840]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-569

To Charles Babbage   26 May [1840]

Summary

Asks if he can bring his guests, J. C. L. and Mme [Simonde de] Sismondi and [Fanny] Allen, to CB’s parties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  26 May [1840]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37191: 294–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-570

From Susan and Catherine Darwin   [22 July 1840]

Summary

Reference to W. Smellie’s Natural history [1791] requested by CD.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [22 July 1840]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 24 (EH 88206076)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-575

To Gilbert Nicholas Smith   [c. 15 August 1840]

Summary

Questions GNS on remains found in caves on Caldy Island. [CD’s pencilled queries sent via Frances Allen].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gilbert Nicholas Smith
Date:  [c. 15 Aug 1840]
Classmark:  Tenby Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-576

To John Phillips   [November 1840]

Summary

Sends his paper on earthquakes [(1840), Collected papers 1: 53–86]. Now sets less value on theoretical reasoning in geology than when he wrote it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [Nov 1840]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-578

To John Gould   [after 1 December 1840]

Summary

Feels he cannot keep the gift of Gould’s "magnificent work" or take out a subscription now that he is a married man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Gould
Date:  [after 1 Dec 1840]
Classmark:  Profiles in History (dealers) (12 December 2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-578F

From J. S. Henslow   2 November 1840

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Summary

Would like further experimentation to confirm report about germination of wheat from Egyptian tombs. Sir G. Wilkinson may have been deceived by the Arabs.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1840
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 236
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-579

To the Geological Society of London   18 November [1840]

Summary

Recommends that Consul Chatfield’s communication on an earthquake in San Salvador [read 5 Feb 1840; Proc. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1840): 179] not be published in Transactions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  18 Nov [1840]
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/COM/P/4/2/35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-580

To G. N. Smith   20 November [1840]

Summary

Sorry that ill health prevented sooner reply. Letter about caves at Caldy was already read by Buckland. Will examine birds’ beaks when better and present to Geological Society of London in Smith’s name.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gilbert Nicholas Smith
Date:  20 Nov [1840]
Classmark:  Angus Carroll (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-580F

To G. R. Gray   [20 November – 11 December 1840]

Summary

Thanks GRG for his gift [A list of the genera of birds (1840)] and trusts that now GRG will be able to finish John Gould’s MS for Zoology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [20 Nov – 11 Dec 1840]
Classmark:  The British Library (Egerton MS 2348: 237–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-581

From J. S. Henslow   21 November 1840

Summary

Reports on abortive anthers in flowers of thyme sent by CD.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1840
Classmark:  DAR 109: A86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-582

To A. Y. Spearman   22 November 1840

Summary

The second number of part four of the Zoology has now been published. The account of Smith, Elder & Co. is presented.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  22 Nov 1840
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-582A

To Miles Joseph Berkeley   [26 November 1840]

Summary

Remarks that each of two species of Fagus separated by 1000 miles has a fungus that grows on it; the fungus species are probably closely allied.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  [26 Nov 1840]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-583

To W. A. Leighton   1 December 1840

Summary

Acknowledges election as Honorary Member of Shropshire and North Wales Natural History and Antiquarian Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Allport Leighton
Date:  1 Dec 1840
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/133/57)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-584

To W. C. Redfield   [22 December 1840]

Summary

Illness has long delayed CD’s thanks for WCR’s meteorological pamphlets and geological reports. Mentions a reference to whirlwinds leaving rotary patterns in desert sand.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William C. Redfield
Date:  [22 Dec 1840]
Classmark:  Yale University: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Letters to William C. Redfield vol. 2 Scientific 1831-41(z117 00151 2) pp. 335–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-585

To William Buckland   [November 1840 – 17 February 1841]

Summary

He encloses an unidentified paper received from R. I. Murchison the previous day.

Is unable to provide information about Dr Du Gard.

Appreciates the maps of Glen Roy sent by WB. Would welcome the opinions of WB and Louis Agassiz concerning the parallel roads but cannot give up the idea of their marine origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Buckland
Date:  [Nov 1840 – 17 Feb 1841]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Buckland papers, Glaciation /4 (iv)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-641A

From J. G. Malcolmson   2 January 1840

Summary

Discusses CD’s Glen Roy paper; would like to see the theory put beyond dispute. Tells of Mr Stables’ observations on the parallel roads. Discusses geological features of Scotland which he is sure are marine in origin.

Author:  John Grant Malcolmson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan 1840
Classmark:  DAR 171: 31; Geological Society of London (Membership certificates, 1840)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1147

To [W. A. Leighton]   [1840–77?]

Summary

Valediction only of a letter stuck into a writing case.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Allport Leighton
Date:  [1840–77?]
Classmark:  Mr D. Evans (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13770H
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