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From Fanny Owen   [January 1828]

Summary

Surprised to hear from Sarah [Owen] that CD has decided to become a D.D., not an M.D.

She has been to a ball or a party almost every night.

Author:  Frances (Fanny) Mostyn Owen; Frances (Fanny) Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Jan 1828]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-37

From Fanny Owen   [late January 1828]

Summary

Tells him the Woodhouse family will set forth for return home.

Reports on activities in Brighton.

Author:  Frances (Fanny) Mostyn Owen; Frances (Fanny) Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [late Jan 1828]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-38

From Sarah Owen   18 February [1828]

Summary

Writes of the last part of their lively stay at Brighton and three days in London.

None of CD’s sisters can come to enliven the "truly awful" tranquillity at the Forest [Woodhouse].

Author:  Sarah Harriet Mostyn Owen; Sarah Harriet Williams; Sarah Harriet Haliburton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb [1828]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-39

From Fanny Owen    [9 March 1828]

Summary

Went recently to Tommy Hunt’s festivities before Lloyd Kenyon joined his regiment.

Hopes Caroline and Catherine Darwin will visit in a week.

Author:  Frances (Fanny) Mostyn Owen; Frances (Fanny) Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [9 Mar 1828]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-40

From Sarah Owen    30 March [1828]

Summary

Caroline and Catherine Darwin were at the Forest a few days last week and Susan Darwin comes the next day. Mentions other relatives, friends, and acquaintances.

Author:  Sarah Harriet Mostyn Owen; Sarah Harriet Williams; Sarah Harriet Haliburton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Mar [1828]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-41

To William Darwin Fox   12 [June 1828]

Summary

Account of insects he has collected, with figures drawn by sister.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  12 [June 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-42

To W. D. Fox    [30 June 1828]

Summary

Mainly concerned with entomological specimens CD has recently captured. Three figures of beetles are included.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [30 June 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-43

From Fanny Owen   [July? 1828]

Summary

Is eager to know all that goes on at the Forest [Woodhouse], Bliss Castle [Maer], and Darwin Hall [The Mount].

Author:  Frances (Fanny) Mostyn Owen; Frances (Fanny) Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [July? 1828]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-44

To W. D. Fox    [29 July 1828]

Summary

CD on a reading party at Barmouth, Wales;

difficulty with mathematics.

Reports on his entomological collecting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [29 July 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-45

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

To W. D. Fox    [19 August 1828]

Summary

Accepts invitation to a Music Meeting at Osmaston, Derbyshire.

Entomological news and queries.

Has taken up angling.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [19 Aug 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-46

To John Maurice Herbert    [13 September 1828]

Summary

Asks JMH to collect some insects at Barmouth.

Reports on his shooting luck.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  [13 Sept 1828]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-47

To W. D. Fox   [October 1828]

Summary

Sends some stuffed birds for "Osmaston Museum" and some insects.

Home having cloyed, plans to go to Woodhouse to visit the Owens and the black-eyed houris [Sarah and Fanny] there.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [Oct 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-48

To J. M. Herbert    [3 October 1828]

Summary

CD obliged for JMH’s labours in "the science". He reports having spent a pleasant month. Entomological pursuits succeeded.

Looks forward to receiving beetles and butterflies from JMH when he passes through Shrewsbury.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  [3 Oct 1828]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-49

To the Darwin Family    3 October 1828

Summary

[Caroline Darwin on behalf of CD] submits a petition to Darwin family for £20 to purchase a new double-barrelled gun, CD’s present one having become dangerous.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Darwin family
Date:  3 Oct 1828
Classmark:  L
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-50

From Fanny Owen    [26 October 1828]

Summary

Woodhouse news, including going to a play.

She has been spending much time painting.

Author:  Frances (Fanny) Mostyn Owen; Frances (Fanny) Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Oct 1828]
Classmark:  AL
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-51

To W. D. Fox    [29 October 1828]

Summary

Has met Frederick William Hope, the entomologist; relates F. W. Hope’s praise of CD’s collection and his generous offer of assistance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [29 Oct 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-52

To E. A. Darwin    21 December 1828

Summary

Has found nice rooms in [Christ’s] College, which he has furnished with some very good prints. Lives almost entirely with W. D. Fox and entomology.

News of John Price, B. H. Kennedy, and Charles Whitley. Fanny Owen is as charming as ever.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  21 Dec 1828
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-53

To W. D. Fox    [24 December 1828]

Summary

CD is collecting entomological specimens;

extols the charms of Fanny Owen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [24 Dec 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-54
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Darwin in letters, 1821-1836: Childhood to the Beagle voyage

Summary

Darwin's first known letters were written when he was twelve. They continue through school-days at Shrewsbury, two years as a medical student at Edinburgh University, the undergraduate years at Cambridge, and the of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle.…

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  • … others to help him in his scientific pursuits. In September 1828 he had John Maurice Herbert and …
  • … must be’ ( see letter to J. M. Herbert, [13 September 1828] ). The willing responses of those …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

Summary

In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

Matches: 30 hits

  • … has pub. German pamphlet on crossing oats &c [Wiegmann 1828] Horticultural Transact 15 …
  • … [Winch 1819] M. Girou de Buzareingues on generation. 1828 [Girou de Buzareingues 1828a]. …
  • … 30  [Jesse 1838] Salmonia— Sir. H Davy [H. Davy 1828] 31 An analysis of …
  • … [J. L. Scott 1841] Lockarts Life of Burns [Lockhart 1828] Seguir. Russian Expedition …
  • … de la fôret de Bialowcka. Varsovie 1826 [Brincken 1828] quoted by Weissenborn on Aurochs …
  • … 1839]— Meckel’s Anatomy. French Translat. [Meckel 1828–38] in Royal Soc D r . Holland says …
  • … Napiers Hist. of Peninsular War [W. F. P. Napier 1828–40] Campbell’s Chief Justices [J. …
  • … [Coleridge 1835]. Campbell’s Poems [T. Campbell 1828]. Some of Shellys Poems [Shelley …
  • … Marked—— 10 th  Veterinary [ Veterinarian ] 1828 Vol 1 to end of 1841.— extracted …
  • … 1841] 8 th . Lockart life of Burns [Lockhart 1828] 16 L d  Dudley’s Letters …
  • … /ducks 76 Sept. 14 th . Salmonia [H. Davy 1828] & some vols: of Annals of Nat Hist [ …
  • … 1844 Wiegman on Hybrids—German— [Wiegmann 1828] March 24 th  Martins Voyage to St …
  • … —— Failed in reading Niebuhr’s Rome [Niebuhr 1828–42] [DAR 119: 14a] 1844 …
  • … 1843] —— Crawfords Embassy to Siam [Crawfurd 1828] May. Blanco White. Auto-biography …
  • … 1779] —— 30. Heber’s Indian Journal [Heber 1828] —— 31 Kitto on Deafness [Kitto 1845] …
  • … Mar 18 th  Hofacker ueber den Eigenschaften [Hofacker 1828] —— 20 th  Hilaire Augt St. …
  • … good —— 25 Malcolms Sketches of Persia [Malcolm 1828] Colon. Library fair Dec 5 th …
  • … 1858] (Read) Combes Constitution of Man [Combe 1828] Macclintocks Arctic Voyage …
  • … Ap. 30. Napier’s Peninsular War [W. F. P. Napier 1828–40] Vol. I. (poor) —— Grotes History of …
  • … [Pistor 1831]. —— 15 Die Enten & Gansezucht. Ulm. 1828 [Anon. 1828] 22. Temminck …
  • …  Ulm. [Darwin Library.]  128: 12, 13 Anon. 1828.  Die Enten- Schwanen- und Gänsezucht . …
  • … Dublin. [Other eds.]  119: 18a Brincken, Julius. 1828.  Mémoire descriptif sur la forêt …
  • … London.  *119: 23; 119: 23b Campbell, Thomas. 1828.  The poetical works of Thomas   …
  • … in DAR 71: 164–5.]  119: 15a Combe, George. 1828.  The constitution of man considered in …
  • …  3 vols. Edinburgh.  *119: 5v. ——. 1828.  Journal of en embassy from the   Governor …
  • … in DAR 71: 154.]  128: 20 Davy, Humphry. 1828.  Salmonia; or, the days of fly   fishing …
  • … Tagebuch, geführt auf einer Reise   nach Färo in Jahre 1828 . Hamburg and Kiel. [Darwin Library.] …
  • … 1771, & 1772.  London. 119: 9a Heber, Reginald. 1828.  Narrative of a journey …
  • … Hodson. London.  128: 25 Hofacker, Johann Daniel. 1828.  Ueber die Eigenschaften   …
  • … [Other eds.]  *119: 14 Lockhart, John Gibson. 1828.  Life of Robert Burns . London. …

Books on the Beagle

Summary

The Beagle was a sort of floating library.  Find out what Darwin and his shipmates read here.

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  • … * Boitard, Pierre.  Manuel d’entomologie. 2 vols. Paris, 1828. (Inscription in vol. 2: ‘Charles …
  • … Manuel d’ornithologie.  2 vols. Paris, 1828. (DAR 30.2: 182v., 184). Darwin Library–Down. * …
  • … researches and illustrations.  Vol. 1, Pt 1. Cork, 1828–30. (DAR 30.2: 133v.). Turnbull, …
  • … of a voyage to the southern Atlantic Ocean, in the years 1828, 29, 30, performed in H.M. Sloop …
  • … of  Ansichten der Natur , 2d ed., 1826. 2 vols. Paris, 1828. (Letter to Catherine Darwin, 5 July …

John Maurice Herbert

Summary

John Maurice Herbert was a close friend of Darwin’s at Cambridge University. He was affectionately called ‘Cherbury’ by Darwin, a reference to the seventeenth-century philosopher Edward Herbert, Baron Cherbury, who, like John Herbert, hailed from…

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  • … that when addressing a letter to Herbert in October 1828, he had to confess ‘ I cannot recollect …
  • … during a study tour in Barmouth over the long vacation of 1828. Darwin was being tutored in classics …

Robert FitzRoy

Summary

Robert FitzRoy was captain of HMS Beagle when Darwin was aboard. From 1831 to 1836 the two men lived in the closest proximity, their relationship revealed by the letters they exchanged while Darwin left the ship to explore the countries visited during the…

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  • … at sea FitzRoy, who commanded the Beagle from 1828 to 1836 during two surveying voyages …
  • … Captain Pringle Stokes, had committed suicide in 1828 after six months of solitary survey work. It …

Cambridge University

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Darwin goes to study at Christ's College, Cambridge

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  • … Darwin goes to study at Christ's College, Cambridge …

Darwin’s student booklist

Summary

In October 1825 Charles Darwin and his older brother, Erasmus, went to study medicine in Edinburgh, where their father, Robert Waring Darwin, had trained as a doctor in the 1780’s. Erasmus had already graduated from Cambridge and was continuing his studies…

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  • … not to continue the study of medicine, and in January 1828 he went up to Cambridge to read for a …

Darwin and the Church

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The story of Charles Darwin’s involvement with the church is one that is told far too rarely. It shows another side of the man who is more often remembered for his personal struggles with faith, or for his role in large-scale controversies over the…

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  • … professions. As a young man, Charles went up to Cambridge in 1828 with the aim of completing the …

Natural selection

Summary

How do new species arise?  This was the ancient question that Charles Darwin tackled soon after returning to England from the Beagle voyage in October 1836. Darwin realised a crucial (and cruel) fact: far more individuals of each species were born than…

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  • … Essay on the Principle of Population (6 th edition, 1828); Malthus argued that famine and …

People featured in the Dutch photograph album

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Here is a list of people that appeared in the photograph album Darwin received for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from scientific admirers in the Netherlands. Many thanks to Hester Loeff for identifying and researching them. No. …

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  • … 1st class. 49 Haarlem 10 march 1828 Maastricht 16 january …

Fanny Owen

Summary

One question which arises a lot when sifting through Darwin’s letters is are we prying? The vast majority of ‘burn this’ requests are found in his correspondence with Fanny Owen, the young woman Darwin courted before the Beagle voyage. Owen was evidently…

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  • … thus future happiness. As she herself said to Darwin in 1828, ”For  Heaven’s sake burn this, …

People featured in the Dutch photograph album

Summary

Here is a list of people that appeared in the photograph album Darwin received for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from scientific admirers in the Netherlands. Many thanks to Hester Loeff for identifying and researching them.   …

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  • … 1st class. 49 Haarlem 10 march 1828 Maastricht 16 january …

New material added to the American edition of Origin

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A ‘revised and augmented’ American edition of Origin came on the market in July 1860, and was the only authorised edition available in the US until 1873. It incorporated many of the changes Darwin made to the second English edition, but still contained…

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  • … are various degenerations of the same type. It was not until 1828 that he published his conviction …