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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

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 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 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 Elizabeth Wedgwood   10 November [1837]

Summary

Sends information about, and dates of treatment of peaty fields. Marl seems to have sunk to the natural stratum of hard white sand which lies below the peat.

Thanks for "Maer Hypothesis" ["Formation of mould" (1840), Collected papers 1: 49–53].

Author:  Sarah Elizabeth (Elizabeth) Wedgwood; Josiah Wedgwood, II
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Nov [1837]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 189
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-385
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