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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

From W. D. Fox   16 July [1875]

Summary

Thanks CD for Insectivorous plants.

Is coming to London and hopes to visit Down.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 July [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 200
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10073

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 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

To W. D. Fox   26 May [1876]

Summary

Caroline [Wedgwood] has been ill for the last 20 months.

James Paget to be consulted about William Darwin’s brain concussion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  26 May [1876]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-3-02)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10515

From W. D. Fox   3 April [1877]

Summary

Reports on upward projection of Pulmonaria flowers.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 110: B62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10923

From W. D. Fox   29 November [1877]

Summary

Congratulates W. E. Darwin, who is about to be married,

and CD for the LL.D. conferred upon him by Cambridge.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11261

To W. D. Fox   2 December 1877

Summary

Working hard on physiology of plants.

His son George sees no reason to change his view on marriage of cousins.

George’s astronomical work is too deep for CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  2 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 155)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11266

From W. D. Fox   12 February [1878]

Summary

Congratulates CD on his birthday.

WDF has been suffering from bronchitis.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 202
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11355

To W. D. Fox   14 February 1878

Summary

CD and Frank Darwin hard at work on physiology of plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  14 Feb 1878
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-10-02)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11358

To W. D. Fox   10 July 1878

Summary

Letter of condolence on reading Times report of death of WDF’s daughter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  10 July 1878
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-10-03)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11598

From W. D. Fox   22 July [1878]

Summary

Thanks CD for his condolences. Reminisces about their youth.

On the death of his naturalist friend, W. C. Hewitson.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 July [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 203
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11625

From W. D. Fox   19 December [1856]

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Summary

Informs CD that in his experience with peas he has never found the seed to deteriorate.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Dec [1856]
Classmark:  DAR 77: 170
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11799

From W. D. Fox   3 March [1879]

Summary

Sends family news;

describes what remains of his "menagerie" and tells of his interest in the framework of his son’s German badger-hound.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 172–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11913

From W. D. Fox to G. H. Darwin   15 April [1879]

Summary

Fears he cannot give much information for CD’s book [Erasmus Darwin]. Recounts how his mother’s health was improved by Erasmus Darwin’s treatment. Remembers being attacked as a boy by an angry lady whose beautiful teeth were extracted by Dr Darwin "to cure some nervous spasms".

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  15 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 175–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11995

To W. D. Fox   6 [September 1831]

Summary

Received offer of post as naturalist in the Beagle in the same mail as WDF’s last letter. Outlines details of prospective voyage. Not certain, but thinks he probably will go.

Expresses pleasure that all is well with their friendship, which he prizes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-120

From W. D. Fox to G. H. Darwin   21 April [1879]

Summary

Has no letters or papers [of Erasmus Darwin].

Suggests CD cite some of Erasmus Darwin’s poems to answer the charge of atheism [see Erasmus Darwin, p. 44].

Recounts a story of a remarkable cure by Dr Darwin, showing his sagacity and daring.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  21 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 177–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12006

To William Darwin Fox   6 February [1849]

Summary

His memory of his recently deceased father is a treasure to him.

Thanks WDF for information on the water-cure. Dislikes the thought of it.

Reports results of his experiments with tied-up fruit-trees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 Feb [1849]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 71)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1222

To W. D. Fox   24 [March 1849]

Summary

Reports progress with water-cure. Describes the treatment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  24 [Mar 1849]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1235

To W. D. Fox   18 April [1849]

Summary

Continues to improve, but water-cure has produced "indolence and stagnation of mind".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  18 Apr [1849]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 73a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1240
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