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To Emma Wedgwood   [21 November 1838]

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Recounts his misadventures on the train journey back to London. Tells of a visit to the FitzRoys and a friendly letter from Lyell. Whether CD and Emma should live in central London or in the suburbs is a perplexing problem, much discussed by relatives and friends.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [21 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8:5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-440

To Emma Wedgwood   [27 November 1838]

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CD and Erasmus continue to search for a house in central London. They have tea with the Carlyles.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [27 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-445

To Emma Wedgwood   [30 November – 1 December 1838]

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His search for a London house. He visits the Lyells, who give solemn advice to choose their London acquaintances carefully.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [30 Nov - 1 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-448

To Emma Wedgwood   [29 December 1838]

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The house at 12 Upper Gower Street is theirs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [29 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-463

To Emma Wedgwood   [31 December 1838 –] 1 January 1839

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Has moved into the Gower Street house. Is pleased with it and its location.

Hopes to be able to finish his Glen Roy paper soon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [31 Dec 1838 –] 1 Jan 1839
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-466

To Emma Wedgwood   2 [–3 January 1839]

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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

To Emma Wedgwood   [6–7 January 1839]

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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

To Emma Wedgwood   [20 January 1839]

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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

To Emma Wedgwood   [26 January 1839]

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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

To Emma Darwin   [5 April 1840]

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An amusing description of his railway journey to Shrewsbury.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [5 Apr 1840]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-564

To Emma Darwin   [1 July 1841]

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Family news. Mainly concerned about Doddy’s [W. E. Darwin’s] health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [1 July 1841]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-600

To Emma Darwin   [3 July 1841]

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The happy family life at Shrewsbury. CD is looking so well his father would not have known there was anything the matter with him. The year’s accounts come to £1380.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [3 July 1841]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-601

To Emma Darwin   [8 March 1842]

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Family news from Shrewsbury.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [8 Mar 1842]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-622

To Emma Darwin   [13 March 1842]

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News of family and of his stay at Shrewsbury.

Calculates the newly instituted income tax will mean £30 per annum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [13 Mar 1842]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-623

To Emma Darwin   [9 May 1842]

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Is "stomachy and be-blue-devilled" because of costs of publishing [Zoology and Coral reefs]. Wonders how the remainder [of the Zoology and Geology of "Beagle"] can be published without taking £200 or £300 out of their personal funds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [9 May 1842]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-626

To Emma Darwin   [12–24 October 1843]

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News of the Shrewsbury family. He cannot get his father to sympathise with the numbness in his finger ends or his fears of "ruin and extravagance".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [12–24 Oct 1843]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-704

To Emma Darwin   [3 June 1844]

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Arrangements for Emma’s return to Down.

CD has been "wonderfully strong".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [3 June 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-726

To Emma Darwin   5 July 1844

Summary

Asks that in the event of his death, Emma should have the sketch of his species theory edited and published. Suggests possible editors, among them Lyell, Edward Forbes, and J. D. Hooker. [CD annotation on cover: "Hooker by far best man to edit my species volume Aug 1854".]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  5 July 1844
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (General Special Collections MSS DAR A4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-761

To Emma Darwin   [20 or 27 October 1844]

Summary

Has been discussing wills and other legal matters with his father.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [20 or 27] Oct 1844
Classmark:  Emma Darwin 2: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-783

To Emma Darwin   [7–8 February 1845]

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Mainly news of the three children.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [7–8 Feb 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-810
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