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From Adam Sedgwick   18 September 1831

Summary

Is glad of CD’s appointment and hopes it will be a source of happiness and honour.

Answers a query about books.

Suggests CD go to Geological Society, present himself, as AS’s friend, to William Lonsdale and study the Society’s collection.

Tells CD of his work in Wales; includes a diagram and explanations.

Ramsay’s death a grievous loss.

Author:  Adam Sedgwick
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204.5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-129

From Frederick Watkins   [18 September 1831]

Summary

Rejoices in CD’s appointment and predicts he will rank with Candolle, Henslow, and Linnaeus.

Recounts their past pleasures and gives news of friends, who are scattering fast.

Author:  Frederick Watkins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [18 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204.5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-130

To Robert FitzRoy   [19 September 1831]

Summary

Reports on errands he has done for RF. Has discussed with Beaufort the question of his having right to dispose of his collection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [19 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Copy DAR 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-131

To W. D. Fox   19 [September 1831]

Summary

Describes his appointment, the Beagle, his companions, and the objectives of the voyage. Gives his schedule before departure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  19 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-132

From Fanny Owen   [22 September – 2 October 1831]

Summary

Sends him a purse, which she asks him to use in remembrance of her.

Author:  Fanny Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [22 Sept – 2 Oct 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204.4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-134

From Robert FitzRoy   23 September 1831

Summary

Regrets he cannot take Francis Owen on Beagle as midshipman. RF thinks CD had better be on the books [for victuals], but CD should do as he likes. Refitting progress is slow.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-135

To Charles Whitley   23 [September 1831]

Summary

Thanks CTW for his letter [125]. "I do not think I ever received a more kind letter than yours or one that gave me so much pleasure.— You ought to have in your mind, the prospect of leaving England for 3 or 4 years before you can understand how to enjoy such a letter from such a person as yourself—". Regarding the voyage, "all is finally settled, & I have sealed away about half a chance of life.— If one lived merely to see how long one could spin out life,—I should repent my choice.— As it is I do not.—"

Thanks CTW for four fungi which have arrived.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  23 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-135A

From Fanny Owen   [26 September 1831]

Summary

Much disappointed that CD will leave home before she returns.

Author:  Fanny Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204.4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-136

To J. S. Henslow   28 [September 1831]

Summary

Has collected [Phalli] in Shropshire and compared them with Barmouth species. Is convinced they are different.

Asks JSH for introductions to R. T. Lowe and Andrew Smith.

Has been given another week’s respite by FitzRoy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  28 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-138

To Robert FitzRoy   [4 or 11 October 1831]

Summary

CD’s luggage is frightfully bulky, though he has been as economical as possible. Has made financial arrangements for his expenses.

Plans to study mathematics during voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [4 or 11] Oct 1831
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-139

To J. S. Henslow   [4 or 11 October 1831]

Summary

Asks JSH to take charge of his consignments of specimens from the voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [4 or 11] Oct 1831
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-140

From Fanny Owen   [6 October 1831]

Summary

Their letters crossed; she now knows he will be gone for three years, not two; does not know what they will do without him at the Forest, but wishes him well.

Author:  Fanny Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6 Oct 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204.4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-141

To Robert FitzRoy   [10 October 1831]

Summary

Has just heard Beagle sailing is delayed so he will remain another week in London. Asks whether RF has a good set of mountain barometers, which geologists tell him are important.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [10 Oct 1831]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-142

From J. S. Henslow   25 October 1831

Summary

Gives CD directions for sending him specimens from Beagle.

Writes of Cambridge politics.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-143

To J. S. Henslow   30 [October 1831]

Summary

Hopes to be able to help Cambridge Philosophical Society with his collections, but thinks most will have to go to British Museum.

Describes Beagle quarters, the surgeon [Robert McCormick, M.D.], and officers.

Asks JSH’s advice on studying mathematics.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  30 [Oct 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Henslow letters: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-144

To J. S. Henslow    15 [November 1831]

Summary

Sailing date fixed for end of month. Beagle is beautiful. Details of instructions and route. Hopes voyage will not exceed four years. Quarters very confined. Considers Jenyns did wisely in not coming. If CD were longer out of college and some years older he never could have endured it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  15 [Nov 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Henslow letters: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-147

To Charles Whitley    15 November [1831]

Summary

Regrets that it will be impossible to visit Cambridge for some years. Reminisces about CW’s "classical Sunday evenings", the Glutton Club, and his friends.

"We spend about 2 years in S. America, the rest of time larking round the world."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  15 Nov [1831]
Classmark:  T. H. W. Bower (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-148

To W. D. Fox   17 [November 1831]

Summary

Still delayed; will not sail until 5 December. Instructions have come, with proposed itinerary.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  17 [Nov 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 45)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-149

From J. S. Henslow   20 November 1831

Summary

Is sending plates for R. T. Lowe’s paper [Trans. Cambridge Philos. Soc. 4 (1833): 1–70].

Adds advice on working the surd.

Agrees with CD that Beagle voyage would have been wrong for Jenyns, but assures him he (CD) is the right man. Warns CD against his "foible" of taking offence at rudeness or ungentlemanlike behaviour.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-150

From Fanny Owen    2 [December 1831]

Summary

Describes the wedding of her sister Sarah and related festivities. She misses CD very much.

Author:  Fanny Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 [Dec 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204.4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-151
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