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From R. W. Darwin to Josiah Wedgwood II   30–1 August 1831

Summary

CD has had an offer to go on a voyage of discovery for two years. RWD objects strongly, but will let CD make his case and if JW agrees with CD, RWD will change his position. In a postscript RWD adds, "Charles has quite given up … the voyage."

Author:  Robert Waring Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, II
Date:  30–1 Aug 1831
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 96)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-108

From Josiah Wedgwood II to R. W. Darwin   31 August 1831

Summary

States his views on each of RWD’s objections to the Beagle venture. JW’s overall position is favourable to CD’s acceptance of the offer.

Author:  Josiah Wedgwood, II
Addressee:  Robert Waring Darwin
Date:  31 Aug 1831
Classmark:  DAR 97(ser.2): 6–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-109

To R. W. Darwin   31 August [1831]

Summary

CD asks his father to consider the offer of the Beagle voyage once more. He encloses his list of RWD’s objections and Josiah Wedgwood’s responses [see 109]. Asks his father to give him a decided answer: if "no" he will never again mention the subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Waring Darwin
Date:  31 Aug [1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223 and DAR 97 (ser.2): 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-110

From R. W. Darwin to Josiah Wedgwood II   1 September 1831

Summary

RWD had made up his mind to give up his objection to the Beagle voyage if JW did not take the same view. If Charles continues to want to go after further inquiry, will give him every assistance.

Author:  Robert Waring Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, II
Date:  1 Sept 1831
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 96)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-111

To R. W. Darwin   8 February – 1 March 1832

Summary

Writes with great happiness about the first part of the voyage, after his misery from seasickness passed. He finds himself well prepared, the ship quiet, comfortable, and compact; he has already a "rich harvest" and finds the natural history (especially geology) exceedingly interesting. The tropics are full of great beauty.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Waring Darwin
Date:  8 & 26 Feb & 1 Mar [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 223: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-158

To R. W. Darwin   10 February 1832

Summary

Sends a short résumé of his trip on the chance that it will arrive in England earlier than longer letter [158] which he hopes to send by surer means.

He is "incessantly occupied by new and most interesting animals" and thinks he will be able to do some original work in natural history.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Waring Darwin
Date:  10 Feb 1832
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-159

To Robert Waring Darwin   [23 October 1825]

Summary

First days in Edinburgh.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Waring Darwin
Date:  [23 Oct 1825]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-16

From R. W. Darwin   7 March 1833

Summary

Writes of the pleasure all feel in CD’s continued good health and joy in his voyage.

Tells of the banana tree he bought, which he sits under and thinks of CD "in similar shade".

CD’s financial accounts are correct.

Author:  Robert Waring Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Mar 1833
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-201

From R. W. Darwin to J. S. Henslow   28 December 1835

Summary

Thanks JSH for copies of "Extracts from letters addressed to Professor Henslow by C. Darwin, Esq." [privately printed for Cambridge Philosophical Society; Collected papers 1: 3–16].

The family is sensible how much CD owes to JSH, and RWD is highly gratified by CD’s success.

Author:  Robert Waring Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  28 Dec 1835
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-290

From Robert Waring Darwin to Josiah Wedgwood II   13 November 1838

Summary

RWD’s happiness that Emma has accepted CD’s proposal of marriage.

Author:  Robert Waring Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, II
Date:  13 Nov 1838
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 96)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-433

From Josiah Wedgwood II and Emma Wedgwood to R. W. Darwin   15 November 1838

Summary

JW’s satisfaction in bestowing Emma on CD.

[A note from Emma on cover thanks RWD for the way the family have received her.]

Author:  Josiah Wedgwood, II
Addressee:  Robert Waring Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1838
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 198)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-438

From Abberley (Darwin gardener) and R. W. Darwin   18 October 1841

Summary

The family gardener reports on seeds he has gathered. RWD transmits the letter.

Author:  Robert Waring Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct 1841
Classmark:  DAR 162: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-610

From R. W. Darwin   and the Misses Darwin to J. S. Henslow 1 February 1833

Summary

Send their thanks to JSH for allowing them to see the two letters, one written ten days later than any they have received.

Author:  Robert Waring Darwin; Darwin, Misses
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  1 Feb 1833
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-199
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