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From C. D. Douglas   5 January 1836

Summary

Reports in detail on the 20 Feb 1835 earthquake and on volcanic activity into December of 1835. Encloses a letter sent to him describing the earthquake.

Author:  Charles D. Douglas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Jan 1836
Classmark:  DAR 39.1: 5–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-292

To Philip Parker King   [21 January 1836]

Summary

CD informs PPK of his impending arrival at Dunheved, Penrith; news of his journey thus far.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Phillip Parker King
Date:  [21 Jan 1836]
Classmark:  Bathurst District Historical Society
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-293

To Susan Darwin   28 January 1836

Summary

CD’s impressions of Sydney and of FitzRoy’s character and temperament.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  28 Jan 1836
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-294

To J. S. Henslow   [28–9] January 1836

Summary

His joy at prospect of journey’s end in eight months’ time.

Observations on Australia.

Reports on his collecting in Galapagos – its flora and very curious birds; its instructive geology.

Tahiti and good work of missionaries.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [28–9] Jan 1836
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-295

From Susan Darwin   12 February 1836

Summary

CD’s 27th birthday. News of family and friends. A niece, Mary Susan Parker, born 31 January.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1836
Classmark:  DAR 97(ser. 2): 30–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-297

To W. D. Fox   15 February 1836

Summary

Finds the voyage tedious at present.

Expects that the different scientific societies will be of the greatest use to his work in London when he returns home.

Gives some impressions of Australia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  15 Feb 1836
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 48)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-299

To J. S. Henslow   9 July 1836

Summary

Asks JSH to propose him for Geological Society. His meeting with Sir John Herschel and Andrew Smith at Cape of Good Hope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  9 July 1836
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-304

To Susan Darwin   4 August [1836]

Summary

Beagle is again in Brazil because of need to check on "singular disagreements in the Longitudes".

Pleased by Sedgwick’s praise.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  4 Aug [1836]
Classmark:  DAR 223: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-306

To Josiah Wedgwood II   [5 October 1836]

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Summary

Happily home, he sends thanks to his "first Lord of the Admiralty". Will visit Maer in two or three weeks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, II
Date:  [5 Oct 1836]
Classmark:  DAR 185
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-307

From William Owen Sr   5 October [1836]

Summary

Welcomes CD home; urges him to come to Woodhouse.

Author:  William Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct [1836]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 138
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-309

To Robert FitzRoy   6 October [1836]

Summary

CD describes his happy home-coming. Finds his family and Shrewsbury unchanged.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  6 Oct [1836]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-310

To J. S. Henslow   6 October [1836]

Summary

His joy at being home. Anxious to see JSH for advice on his geological specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  6 Oct [1836]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Henslow letters: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-311

From Robert FitzRoy   [19–]20 October [1836]

Summary

Sends news of his movements since Beagle put in at Falmouth. His charts are safe and already being engraved.

Announces his engagement.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [19–]20 Oct [1836]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 135
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-312

To Charles Whitley   24 October [1836]

Summary

Congratulates CW on his marriage. Waiting in London till Beagle arrives in Woolwich.

Describes recent visit to Henslow in Cambridge.

At a loss to arrange specimens and observations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  24 Oct [1836]
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 41567: 248–50)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-314

To J. S. Henslow   [30–1 October 1836]

Summary

CD in London to meet with naturalists about his collections. Lyell and Owen are helpful, but no one else, except R. E. Grant, seems to want to examine his specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [30–1 Oct 1836]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-317

To J. S. Henslow   [1 November 1836]

Summary

Alerts JSH to boxes of specimens and letter of 30 Oct on the way by wagon.

Thomas Bell has expressed interest in CD’s Crustacea and reptiles.

CD’s ignorance about his botanical specimens embarrasses him.

Asks whether JSH is disappointed with Galapagos plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [1 Nov 1836]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Henslow letters: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-318

To W. D. Fox   6 November [1836]

Summary

All his affairs are most prosperous. Has found many who will undertake description of animals; he will work at the geology. Lyell has been most friendly and kind.

CD has been proposed to the Geological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 Nov [1836]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 49)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-319

To Charles Wilkes   [7 November 1836]

Summary

Arranges to meet CW for conversation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Wilkes
Date:  [7 Nov 1836]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-320

From J. M. Herbert   [19 November 1836]

Summary

Welcomes CD; has tried to find him. May see him in Cambridge. Reminisces about CD’s musical taste and memory. Describes Charles Whitley’s wedding and wife. Mentions friends.

Author:  John Maurice Herbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [19 Nov 1836]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 137
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-323

To W. D. Fox   15 December [1836]

Summary

Informs WDF of his activities since the Beagle landed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  15 Dec [1836]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 50)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-327
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