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To W. D. Fox    [7 January 1829]

Summary

Entomological news, his poor success in collecting, observation of chrysalis.

Commiserates with WDF in his dismal pre-examination state.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [7 Jan 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 8a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-55

To W. D. Fox    [25–9 January 1829]

Summary

Congratulates WDF on finishing at Cambridge; he regards his place as a very good one, and comments on how others did.

Father much pleased by gift of a swan.

Adds some entomological news.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [25–9 Jan 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-56

To W. D. Fox    [26 February 1829]

Summary

Entomological visits with F. W. Hope and J. F. Stephens in London. News of insects taken and birds shot.

Has been advised by his tutor to defer the "Little Go". Sends news of Cambridge friends.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [26 Feb 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-57

From John Coldstream    28 February 1829

Summary

News of his activities in recent months, of mutual Edinburgh acquaintances, and the Plinian Society.

JC has given up natural history for a time to prepare himself better for medical practice.

Author:  John Coldstream
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Feb 1829
Classmark:  DAR 204.3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-58

To W. D. Fox    [15 March 1829]

Summary

His routine days at Cambridge.

Entomology stopped for the present.

His reading, gambling, and parties. News of Cambridge friends.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [15 Mar 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-59

To W. D. Fox    1 April [1829]

Summary

Eager to hear how WDF and his family get on.

Entomology goes poorly. Harbour has given C. C. Babington first pick of the beetles, and CD has stopped buying from him.

Fire at Linton.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  1 Apr [1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-60

To W. D. Fox    [10 April 1829]

Summary

Has been in "a perfect and absolute state of idleness", riding and walking in the morning, gambling at Van John [vingt-et-un] in the evening.

"Little Go" has been unusually strict.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [10 Apr 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-61

To W. D. Fox    [12 April 1829]

Summary

CD writes with much sympathy for WDF, whose sister [Mrs Bristowe] is alarmingly ill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [12 Apr 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-62

To W. D. Fox    [23 April 1829]

Summary

CD’s sister Catherine has informed him of the death of WDF’s sister [Mrs Bristowe]. CD sends sympathy to WDF and his parents, and refers to the pure and holy comfort afforded by the Bible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [23 Apr 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-63

To W. D. Fox    [18 May 1829]

Summary

Is getting the information WDF wanted about his bills;

adds some news of entomology.

Accepts invitation to visit Osmaston in August. Plans a June trip to Shrewsbury, a three-week trip in Wales with F. W. Hope.

Is doing nothing but riding and entomology.

Thinks WDF wise to defer going into orders.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [18 May 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-64

From Francis Knyvett Leighton    [3 June 1829]

Summary

Invites CD for the boatrace and the cricket matches, and to see Oxford. Suggests Cambridge will win, but he will bet up to £5 on Oxford at 3 to 1.

Author:  Francis Knyvett Leighton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 June 1829]
Classmark:  DAR 204.3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-65

To W. D. Fox    7 June [1829]

Summary

Has shipped a portmanteau and box of WDF’s things. Lists bills paid from funds sent.

"My success has been very splendid in the science" [entomology].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  7 June [1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-66

To W. D. Fox    [3 July 1829]

Summary

CD started on an entomology trip through N. Wales with F. W. Hope, but after two days his lips became bad, and he was unwell; had to return home. Took some good insects in the two days, but Hope "did wonders". CD is determined to retrace Hope’s tour before autumn.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [3 July 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-67

To W. D. Fox    [15 July 1829]

Summary

Tells whereabouts of WDF’s remaining Cambridge possessions;

adds he has many insects for him. Can WDF join him for a week in Wales?

CD must read for his "Little Go" as the examination is being made more difficult.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [15 July 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-68

To W. D. Fox    29 [July 1829]

Summary

Sends stuffed birds;

attempts to arrange a meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  29 [July 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 19)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-69

To W. D. Fox    26 [August 1829]

Summary

If convenient, CD will visit WDF at Osmaston early in September. Went to Barmouth with his sisters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  26 [Aug 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-70

To W. D. Fox    4 September [1829]

Summary

Must shorten his visit to Osmaston in order to see Erasmus Darwin, who has just come home.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  4 Sept [1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-71

To W. D. Fox    [22 September 1829]

Summary

Erasmus has changed his plans, intends to give up doctoring for the present, and will live in London.

CD will go to the Birmingham Music Meeting.

He hopes WDF has been finding insects; J. F. Turner has.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [22 Sept 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-72

To W. D. Fox    [15 October 1829]

Summary

The Music Meeting was "glorious"; Malibran outshone all others.

Missed Hope in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [15 Oct 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-73

To W. D. Fox   [3 November 1829]

Summary

CD’s father has been very ill, but is now slowly improving.

Writes of Leonard Jenyns’ cabinet and J. S. Henslow’s parties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [3 Nov 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 24)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-74
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Darwin's health

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On 28 March 1849, ten years before Origin was published, Darwin wrote to his good friend Joseph Hooker from Great Malvern in Worcestershire, where Dr James Manby Gully ran a fashionable water-cure establishment. Darwin apologised for his delayed reply to…

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  • … vol. 1, letter to W. D. Fox, [25-9 January 1829] , and Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Sarah …

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…

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  • … 1811] Richardson’s Fauna Borealis [J. Richardson 1829–37] Entomological Magazine.—? …
  • … of Reid Smith & giving abstracts of their views [Stewart 1829] Prostitution of Paris …
  • … 338 Schiede in 1825 [Schiede 1825] & Lasch. Linn in 1829 [Lasch 1829] has given list of …
  • … Eduards sur les characteres de races Humaines [W. F. Edwards 1829]; read Letter to M. Therry …
  • … of Seed [Parmentier 1789] referred to by Oberlin [Oberlin 1829] Hog. on Culture of Carnation. …
  • … 1759] Richardson. Fauna Borealis [J. Richardson 1829–37]— all Vols. Marshall’s Rural …
  • … in work on Ava give case & man & child hairy [Crawfurd 1829] Farmer’s Mag. [ Farmer& …
  • … Lyell Sir J Heads Forest scenes in Canada [G. Head 1829] Grotes History of Greece …
  • … 1830] Review of D[itt] o  in Quarterly [Fleming] 1829] 55 Sir J …
  • … [Wells 1834] Cline on the breeding of animals [Cline 1829] Spallanzani’s Essay on …
  • … skimmed 25 Lockhart’s life of Napoleon [Lockhart] 1829] Bartram’s travels in N. …
  • … Octob 14 Baily Essays on Truth. &c &c [Bailey 1829] There is a discussion on cause & …
  • … 1754] Skimmed Bon Jardinier [ Le Bon Jardinier ] 1829. d[itt]o Sir. Ch. Bell Anatomy …
  • … 1786–98]. Skimmed Oberlin’s Memoirs [Oberlin 1829] Pepys Diary [Pepys 1825]. Skimmed …
  • … ] Oct 2 d  Journal of a Naturalist [Knapp] 1829] /poor/ extracted Nov 30. …
  • … 1843] 20 Lockhart’s life of Buonaparte [Lockhart] 1829] —— Failed in reading Niebuhr’s …
  • … Jan 29 th  Richardson Fauna Americana [J. Richardson 1829–37] 2 vols. except Fishes, which read if …
  • … March. Crawfurds Embassy Court of Ava 2 vols [Crawfurd 1829] Amber-witch [Meinhold 1844] …
  • … 22 d  Minding Geograph. Verberitung [Minding 1829]. (poor) April 3 d . Annal. des Sc. Nat …
  • … the Agricultural and Horticultural   Society of India ]. 1829. Vol. I— (All) —— Mem. de la …
  • … F. Edwards Des Caracteres des Races Humaines [W. F. Edwards 1829] 26 th  Loudon’s Arboretum …
  • … (good) April. Head Forest Scenes in Canada [G. Head 1829]. V. good May 7 th . …
  • … —— 26 Sir T. Moore’s life a Novel. [?R. W. Southey 1829] Sept 5. Edwards Voyage up the Amazon …
  • … 1853]. —— Lawrence on the Horse [J. Lawrence 1829] 21 Tournefort Voyage Levant [Pitton …
  • … Academicæ . London.  119: 10a Bailey, Samuel. 1829.  Essays on the pursuit of truth, on …
  • … eds.]  *119: 5v., 11v.; 119: 9a Cline, Henry. 1829.  Observations on the breeding and …
  • … of those kingdoms . London.  119: 15b ——. 1829.  Journal of an embassy from the   …
  • … London.  119: 9a Edwards, William Frédéric. 1829.  Des caractères   physiologiques des …
  • … [Darwin Library.]  *119: 1v.; 119: 10a [——]. 1829.  On systems and methods in   natural …
  • … in Ireland . London.  128: 5 Head, George. 1829.  Forest scenes and incidents in the   …

Early Days

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment The young Charles Darwin From an early age, Darwin exhibited a keen interest in the natural world. His boyish fascination with naturalist pursuits deepened as he entered college and started to interact with…

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  • … Letter 68 —Darwin to William Darwin Fox [15 July 1829] Darwin writes to his friend and cousin, …

Hermann Müller

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Hermann (Heinrich Ludwig Hermann) Müller, was born in Mühlberg near Erfurt in 1829. He was the younger brother of Fritz Müller (1822–97). Following the completion of his secondary education at Erfurt in 1848, he studied natural sciences at Halle and Berlin…

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  • … Hermann) Müller, was born in Mühlberg near Erfurt in 1829. He was the younger brother of Fritz …

Leonard Jenyns

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When Darwin returned from the Beagle voyage there was no-one available to describe the fish that he had collected. At Darwin’s request Jenyns, a friend from Cambridge days, took on the challenge. It was not an easy one: at that time Jenyns had only worked…

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  • … in seeing his name in print for collecting a rare insect in 1829 was enhanced because he had got one …

Robert FitzRoy

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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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  • … committed suicide. At the time of his father’s death in 1829, FitzRoy was surveying an isolated …

Books on the Beagle

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‘Considering the limited disposable space in so very small a ship, we contrived to carry more instruments and books than one would readily suppose could be stowed away in dry and secure places’. So wrote Captain FitzRoy in the Narrative (2: 18). CD, in his…

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  • … 29v.). Darwin Library–CUL, 2d edition, 5 vols., Paris, 1829–30, vols. 4, 5,  Crustacés , etc. par …
  • … six years on the South Sea Islands . . .  2 vols. London, 1829. (DAR 37.2: 798; Stoddart 1962, pp. …
  • … naturelle des mollusques et leurs coquilles.  Paris, 1829. (DAR 30.1: 30). Darwin Library–CUL. …
  • … a future state . . . by a country pastor [R. W.].  London, 1829. (Letter from Caroline Darwin, 28 …

Science: A Man’s World?

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Discussion Questions|Letters Darwin's correspondence show that many nineteenth-century women participated in the world of science, be it as experimenters, observers, editors, critics, producers, or consumers. Despite this, much of the…

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  • … Fundamenta Nova Theoriae Functionum Ellipticarum , (1829). Letter 7329 - Murray, J. …

Race, Civilization, and Progress

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Darwin's first reflections on human progress were prompted by his experiences in the slave-owning colony of Brazil, and by his encounters with the Yahgan peoples of Tierra del Fuego. Harsh conditions, privation, poor climate, bondage and servitude,…

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Interview with Pietro Corsi

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Pietro Corsi is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Oxford. His book Evolution Before Darwin is due to be published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. Date of interview: 17 July 2009 Transcription 1: Introduction …

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  • … assume that Lamarck was dead not only physically in 1829 but even morally: no-one took him seriously …