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To John Frederick William Herschel   4 February 1848

Summary

Undertakes to write geological part of Admiralty Instructions [A manual of scientific enquiry (1849), Collected papers 1: 227–50]. Has doubts as to his success.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  4 Feb 1848
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1151

To J. F. W. Herschel   [21 March 1848]

Summary

Sends MS of his chapter on geology for Manual [Collected papers 1: 227–50]. Fears it may be too long. Does not much like it but can do no better. After hesitation, has recommended books. Defends his point that mere collection of rock specimens is "of hardly any use to Geology".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  [21 Mar 1848]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1164

To J. F. W. Herschel   7 May [1848]

Summary

Sends MS of "Geology" for Manual [Collected papers 1: 227–50]. First parcel lost. Asks JFWH to give advice on an unclear note, translated from Élie de Beaumont, on measuring incline of lava-flows.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  7 May [1848]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1173

To J. F. W. Herschel   11 May [1848]

Summary

Describes colour changes from blue to red in valves of operculum of the cirripede genus Ibla.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  11 May [1848]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1175

To J. F. W. Herschel   6 June [1848]

Summary

Sends two valves of Ibla.

In his chapter [for Manual, Collected papers 1: 227–50], he will strike out any part that JFWH wants struck out, but if much shortening is required it will need rewriting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  6 June [1848]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1183

To J. F. W. Herschel   13 June [1849]

Summary

Thanks JFWH for the trouble he has taken to correct printing error in "Geology".

Discusses Dr Gully’s water-cure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  13 June [1849]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1246

To John Frederick William Herschel   11 November [1859]

Summary

Sends a copy of Origin as a measure of his respect and in recognition of the obligation he feels he owes to JFWH’s book [A preliminary discourse on the study of natural philosophy (1831)]. "Scarcely anything in my life made so deep an impression on me."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2517

To John Frederick William Herschel   23 May [1861]

Summary

Thanks JFWH for his "Physical geography" [from the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1861)]

and for what he says about Origin, though JFWH goes but a little way with CD. Gives reasons why he cannot accept "Design" in nature, though he is in a "complete jumble" on the point. Is confident of his views because they have aided good workers in several fields to "group and understand many scattered facts".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  23 May [1861]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS 6:17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3154

To John Frederick William Herschel   2 [November 1838]

Summary

Requests information for W. S. Macleay on JFWH’s method of catching pelagic animals while ship is under way.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  2 [Nov 1838]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-430
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