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To Syms Covington   30 March 1849

Summary

Reports on developments in recent years, his father’s death, his own poor health, publications, and work on barnacles. Asks SC to collect some specimens, if he lives near the sea.

News of FitzRoy and B. J. Sulivan.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  30 Mar 1849
Classmark:  Sydney Mail, 9 August 1884, p. 254
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1237

To Syms Covington   23 November 1850

Summary

Thanks SC for box of specimens [of cirripedes].

Often wishes he had settled in one of the colonies because of opportunities for his children.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  23 Nov 1850
Classmark:  Sydney Mail 9 August 1884
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1370

To Syms Covington   14 March 1852

Summary

Asks for details about the discoveries of gold in Australia.

Has published one book on barnacles [1851].

Sulivan has just returned from his cattle farm in the Falklands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  14 Mar 1852
Classmark:  Sydney Mail, 9 August 1884, p. 254
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1477

To Syms Covington   21 October 1853

Summary

Comments on SC’s trip to the gold diggings. CD is most interested in Australia and reads every book about it that he can find. Sends news of former Beagle shipmates FitzRoy, Sulivan, Mellersh, and of Fuegia [Basket].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  21 Oct 1853
Classmark:  Sydney Mail, 9 August 1884, p. 254
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1538

To Syms Covington   28 February 1855

Summary

Pleased to hear that SC is prospering.

News of FitzRoy, Sulivan and J. L. Stokes.

The Crimean War is badly mismanaged, but Englishmen are behaving nobly.

Wishes he knew what to do with his boys.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  28 Feb 1855
Classmark:  Sydney Mail, 9 August 1884, pp. 254–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1637

To Syms Covington   9 March 1856

Summary

Thanks SC for his interesting account of the state of the colony. SC was wise to settle there where his sons have much better prospects.

Has finished his book on barnacles [1854]. Royal Medal awarded him chiefly for this work.

Asks SC whether he has observed any odd imported breeds of poultry, for his work on variation of species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  9 Mar 1856
Classmark:  Sydney Mail, 9 August 1884, p. 255
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1840

To Syms Covington   22 February 1857

Summary

Sends news of his family, Sulivan, and FitzRoy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  22 Feb 1857
Classmark:  Sydney Mail, 9 August 1884, p. 255
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2056

To Syms Covington   18 May [1858]

Summary

CD’s health has been poor owing to hard work [on Natural selection]. He has to treat of every branch of natural history, which is beyond his strength.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  18 May [1858]
Classmark:  Sydney Mail, 9 August 1884, p. 255
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2276

To Syms Covington   16 January 1859

Summary

Regrets SC’s increasing deafness, but advises that aurists are humbugs.

Tells of illnesses in family and his own poor health. "I never know 24 hours comfort."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  16 Jan 1859
Classmark:  Brian Sirl (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2400

To Syms Covington   7 October 1843

Summary

A new ear trumpet has been sent to SC as a present.

Sends news of his publications, health, and other developments since SC left for Australia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  7 Oct 1843
Classmark:  De Beer 1959b: 16–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-700
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