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From Emma and Charles Darwin   13 May 1865

Summary

CD and ED bequeath an annuity of £50 to J. Parslow [the Darwins’ butler].

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin; Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 May 1865
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4832

To Emma Darwin   [25 June 1846]

Summary

CD has been stomachy and sick, but not very uncomfortable.

Working on proofs [of South America] and cannot keep printer supplied with manuscript.

His thoughts of her, and news of the children who are at Down with him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [25 June 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-981

To Emma Darwin   [24 June 1846]

Summary

News of progress in remodelling. He and Etty [Henrietta] miss the rest of the family.

Was sick, but "two pills of opium righted me".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [24 June 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-982

To Emma Darwin   [3–4 February 1845]

Summary

News of the children and books he is reading.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [3–4 Feb 1845]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (28 March 1983)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-821

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]

Summary

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

To Emma Darwin   [12–24 October 1843]

Summary

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]

Summary

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   [8 March 1842]

Summary

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]

Summary

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]

Summary

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   [5 April 1840]

Summary

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]

Summary

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]

Summary

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

From Emma Wedgwood   [20–1 January 1839]

Summary

Preparations for the wedding, various callers, and other bits of news.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20–1 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 161
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-490

From Emma Wedgwood   [23 January 1839]

Summary

Responds warmly to his very nice letter. CD need have no fear that she will not be as happy as he.

Again expresses uneasiness that their opinions on religion do not agree on all points. Hopes they will sympathise in their feelings on the subject.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 162
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-492

To Emma Wedgwood   [26 January 1839]

Summary

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

From Emma Wedgwood   [9 January 1839]

Summary

Glad to have his letter; supposes she will receive only two or three more from him in her life.

Thinks he should leave the curtains for her.

Discusses Mungo Park and Sir Walter Scott’s Life.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [9 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 160
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-486

To Emma Wedgwood   [20 January 1839]

Summary

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
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