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To C. T. Whitley    [19 July 1831]

Summary

He is "mad about Geology" and plans to ride through Wales in August with a few days at Barmouth.

Some humorous gossip.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  [19 July 1831]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-102A

To Charles Whitley   [9 September 1831]

Summary

Mentions letters from Peacock and Henslow; tells of offer of a position on surveying voyage, his initial refusal, and eventual acceptance. Describes FitzRoy and course of voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  [9 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-121

From Charles Whitley   13 September 1831

Summary

Congratulates CD on Beagle appointment as an "opportunity … of studying all the natural sciences at once, after your own taste".

Author:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Sept 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204.5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-125

To Charles Whitley   23 [September 1831]

Summary

Thanks CTW for his letter [125]. "I do not think I ever received a more kind letter than yours or one that gave me so much pleasure.— You ought to have in your mind, the prospect of leaving England for 3 or 4 years before you can understand how to enjoy such a letter from such a person as yourself—". Regarding the voyage, "all is finally settled, & I have sealed away about half a chance of life.— If one lived merely to see how long one could spin out life,—I should repent my choice.— As it is I do not.—"

Thanks CTW for four fungi which have arrived.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  23 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-135A

To Charles Whitley    15 November [1831]

Summary

Regrets that it will be impossible to visit Cambridge for some years. Reminisces about CW’s "classical Sunday evenings", the Glutton Club, and his friends.

"We spend about 2 years in S. America, the rest of time larking round the world."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  15 Nov [1831]
Classmark:  T. H. W. Bower (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-148

To Charles Whitley   23 July 1834

Summary

Would welcome hearing Cambridge news. Impossible not to regret friends and pleasures in England, but

has much solid enjoyment and never-failing interest in geology. Tells of his first sight of a savage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  23 July 1834
Classmark:  National Library of Australia (MS 4260)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-250

From Charles Whitley   5 February 1835

Summary

Replies to CD’s letter [250], giving news of himself and mutual friends.

Author:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1835
Classmark:  DAR 204.9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-267

To Charles Whitley   24 October [1836]

Summary

Congratulates CW on his marriage. Waiting in London till Beagle arrives in Woolwich.

Describes recent visit to Henslow in Cambridge.

At a loss to arrange specimens and observations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  24 Oct [1836]
Classmark:  British Library (Add 41567: 248–50)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-314

To C. T. Whitley    [8 May 1838]

Summary

Treasures recollections of old friends but seldom sees any. Has turned "a complete scribbler".

His scientific activities.

No wife in sight so far.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  [8 May 1838]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-411A

To Charles Thomas Whitley   20 June [1863]

Summary

Recalls the long walks in Cambridge with the "expectant senior wrangler". Cannot accept invitation (related to meetings of the BAAS) because of continuing bad health, his own and that of his children.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  20 June [1863]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4217A

To Charles Thomas Whitley   23 November [1838]

Summary

Announces his engagement.

Glad CW wondered at Glen Roy. "I saw nothing in my peregrinations to the Antipodes nearly so curious in physical geography."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  23 Nov [1838]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-443

To Charles Thomas Whitley    [10 August 1828]

Summary

His idle life and the pleasures of Barmouth: "my reading [in mathematics] is a failure"; "Beettle hunting … is my proper sphere".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  [10 Aug 1828]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-45A
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