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To John Stevens Henslow   11 December [1851]

Summary

Sends cirripede specimens for Ipswich Museum.

Asks how much a village fireworks display would cost.

Comments on the need in education for good habits of expression and accurate observation instead of making "wretched Latin verses".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  11 Dec [1851]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A85–A88
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1463

To J. S. Henslow   [1852–60]

Summary

Sends an enclosure forwarded from Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [1852–60]
Classmark:  Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine (H MS c3.3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1466F

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

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: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-150

To J. S. Henslow   8 March [1853]

Summary

CD has been reassured about his "speculation" in Mr Warren’s company. Thanks JSH for his advice and trouble.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  8 Mar [1853]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A21–A24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1506

To J. S. Henslow   31 March [1853]

Summary

Would like to meet JSH in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  31 Mar [1853]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1510

To J. S. Henslow    3 December [1831]

Summary

Confusion on board the Beagle at definite prospect of sailing. Gives directions for sending mail to Montevideo.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  3 Dec [1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Henslow letters: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-152

To J. S. Henslow   20 February [1854]

Summary

Honoured and gratified by the dedication [to CD] of Hooker’s book [Himalayan journals].

News of Lyell from Madeira.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  20 Feb [1854]
Classmark:  Sutro Library, California State Library, San Francisco (Crocker collection: folder #11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1554

From J. S. Henslow    6 February 1832

Summary

News of Cambridge: the recent examinations; memorial tablet for Marmaduke Ramsay.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-157

To J. S. Henslow   2 September [1854]

Summary

Sends his comments on JSH’s MS on cirripedes ["On typical objects in natural history", Rep. BAAS (1855): 108–26].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  2 Sept [1854]
Classmark:  Sutro Library, California State Library, San Francisco (Crocker collection: folder #11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1586

To J. S. Henslow   17 November [1854]

Summary

Asks JSH to inquire about drift-wood at Kerguelen Land.

Hooker’s observation on similarity of Kerguelen plant species to those of Tierra del Fuego strikes CD as a great anomaly, so he is searching for an answer, "however improbable".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  17 Nov [1854]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.109)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1602

To J. S. Henslow   13 March 1855

Summary

Acknowledges a list [of plants?].

Looks forward to new edition [of British plants growing wild in the parish of Hitcham, Suffolk, 2d ed. (1855)].

JSH should not trouble about Anacharis until he is less busy. Will send cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  13 Mar 1855
Classmark:  DAR 93: A25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1647

To J. S. Henslow   26 March [1855]

Summary

Thanks JSH for Anacharis which is flourishing.

P. H. Gosse told him he had several sea animals and algae living in artificial sea-water for over 13 months.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  26 Mar [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A26–A27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1655

To J. S. Henslow   27 June [1855]

Summary

Asks whether JSH considers Lychnis diurna and L. vespertina species or varieties.

Asks for help with his work on hybrids.

Would like JSH to go over London catalogue of British plants, marking "close species", i.e., those he considers real species but which are very closely allied. Withholds his motive as it might influence the result.

Has found Agrostis with worms in every germen and no stamens on stigma.

Now has 46 kinds of peas all growing together.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  27 June [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A28–A30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1705

From J. S. Henslow   29 June 1855

Summary

Red and white campions: JSH regards them as races, not species; a flesh-coloured intermediate exists.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 June 1855
Classmark:  DAR 166: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1706

To J. S. Henslow   2 July [1855]

Summary

Sends a list of plants with stamps to pay the Hitcham girls who will collect seeds for him.

Describes his work with seeds in salt water.

For his experiments he would like seeds collected from plants that grow both near Hitcham and in the Azores.

Explains again what JSH should do in marking "close species".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  2 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A31–A35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1708

To J. S. Henslow   18 May – 16 June 1832

Summary

His first letter to JSH since December. Recounts his seasickness, geologising and marine collecting at St Jago [Santiago, Cape Verde Is.]; his first tropical forest. Collecting small insects from the tropics. His Welsh trip with Sedgwick has been extremely valuable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  18 May & 16 June 1832
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-171

To J. S. Henslow   7 July [1855]

Summary

Thanks JSH for seeds.

Clarifies his request about marking [London] catalogue [of British plants] – JSH is to mark those he thinks really are species, but which are very closely allied to some other species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  7 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A36–A37, A114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1712

To J. S. Henslow   11 July [1855]

Summary

Asks for advice on establishing a control group in his experiments to produce sports and varieties of Lychnis diurna.

Seeks seeds of wild Dianthus for hybridising and producing varieties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  11 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A38–A39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1716

To J. S. Henslow   14 July [1855]

Summary

Sends a list of 22 plants that grow at Hitcham and in the Azores and are, according to H. C. Watson, least likely to have been imported [by man]. Will pay the little girls of Hitcham liberally to collect the seeds for his experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  14 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A40–A41, A57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1718
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