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From Susan Darwin   12 February [– 3 March] 1832

Summary

Chronicles the events of February, principally of the family and of a few friends: engagements, marriages, deaths, some visits.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb[-3 Mar] 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-160

From Susan Darwin   12 May [– 2 June] 1832

Summary

News from Maer and Shrewsbury of family, friends, and reports of reactions to CD’s first letters.

Sedgwick suggests he look for fossils in gravel banks of rivers.

Fanny Owen is married to R. M. Biddulph. Reform Bill prospects.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May [– 2 June] 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-170

To Susan Darwin   14 July – 7 August [1832]

Summary

Regrets leaving the tropics, despite interest in a land where Europeans have never been. They have experienced political turmoil at Montevideo. Natural history going well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  14 July – 7 Aug [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-177

From Susan Darwin   15[–18] August 1832

Summary

News of family and friends.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15[–18] Aug 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-180

From Susan Darwin   12–18 November 1832

Summary

Family news.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 & 18 Nov 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-191

From Susan Darwin   3–6 March 1833

Summary

Captain Beaufort has offered to get one more letter to CD before the long voyage around the Horn;

SD brings family news up to date.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 & 6 Mar 1833
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-200

From Susan Darwin   22–31 July 1833

Summary

News of family and friends after skipping June letter: Osmaston and the Foxes, five weeks in London, the Langtons in Shropshire, Fanny Biddulph and daughter, R. W. Darwin, and Charles Hughes.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 & 31 July 1833
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-211

From Susan Darwin   15 October 1833

Summary

Mainly news of the family and friends. Their joy at the abolition of slavery.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Oct 1833
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-219

To Susan Darwin   29 January [1826]

Summary

Sends thanks to all for their letters.

News of dining and theatre at Edinburgh.

CD will learn to stuff birds from "a blackamoor".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  29 Jan [1826]
Classmark:  DAR 19: 3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-22

To Susan Darwin   3 December [1833]

Summary

Has had to draw bills totalling £217 in seven months.

Is glad the Captain has decided to winter in Tierra del Fuego, because this will facilitate "glorious excursions" into the Andes.

Has obtained fragments of fossil bones and part of a Megatherium head.

Their long delay occurred because the charts were not complete for sending home.

CD is now on shore because of seasickness.

The family may not hear from him for a year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  3 Dec [1833]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-233

From Susan Darwin   12[–28] February 1834

Summary

Writes on CD’s 25th birthday.

Points out "errors in orthography" in his journal.

News of family and friends, visits, and other social events.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12[–28] Feb 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-237

From Susan Darwin   [23] May 1834

Summary

News of family and friends.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23] May 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-246

From Susan Darwin   [24] November 1834

Summary

The Langtons will go to Madeira for the winter. E. A. Darwin and the Hensleigh Wedgwoods enjoyed a stay in Cambridge, where they saw Professors Whewell and Sedgwick. Colonel Leighton has died. The King has dismissed the Whig Ministry; Wellington is Premier, and the country is in a strange state.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [24] Nov 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-264

From Susan Darwin   16 February 1835

Summary

Met Capt. Harding who said FitzRoy was promoted to Post-Captain.

News of family and friends. Forthcoming marriages of Robert Wedgwood and Tom Eyton.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Feb 1835
Classmark:  DAR 97 (ser. 2): 18–20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-268

To Susan Darwin   23 April 1835

Summary

His trip across the Andes and back was his most successful excursion: can clearly demonstate that the western part of the double line of mountains is much older, with fossil shells at 12000ft; the eastern line may be as modern as the Patagonian plains. If proved, this is an important fact in the theory of the formation of the world. Has found petrified trees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  23 Apr 1835
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-275

To Susan Darwin   3 [September] 1835

Summary

Living quietly on the ship and eating good food has been good for him. He longs for home. Peru is in a miserable state.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  3 [Sept] 1835
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-286

From Susan Darwin   22 November 1835

Summary

Some of CD’s letters were read at Geological Society in London. Professor Sedgwick says of CD, "doing admirably … collection above all praise … will have a great name among the Naturalists of Europe".

Erasmus has taken office of Clerk to a Government Commissioner. Other family news.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov 1835
Classmark:  DAR 97 (ser. 2): 24–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-288

From Susan Darwin   [27 March 1826]

Summary

Writes of Papa’s disapproval of CD’s practice of picking and choosing only lectures he likes to attend and of his early return home.

News of Erasmus, who is visiting sick poor people in the neighbourhood. Other Shrewsbury news.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [27 Mar 1826]
Classmark:  DAR 204.2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-29

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

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
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