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From J. G. Malcolmson   31 August 1839

Summary

Observations on the geology of Arabia.

Author:  John Grant Malcolmson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Aug 1839
Classmark:  DAR 39: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-533

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  • … From J.  G. Malcolmson   31 August 1839
  • … DAR 39: 11 John Grant Malcolmson Forres 31 Aug 1839 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Malcolmson 1839. CD had presumably summarised his hypothesis that Glen Roy was once an arm …
  • … Forres August 31 st . 1839 My Dear Sir, You will think me guilty of neglect in not …

To William C. Redfield   24 February [1840]

Summary

Much interested in WCR’s paper on "Whirlwinds excited by fire" [Am. J. Sci. 36 (1839): 50–9; Edinburgh New Philos. J. 27 (1839): 369–79].

Sends a summary account of circular clouds and waterspouts formed during volcanic eruption in the Azores [S. Tillard, "Eruption of a volcano in sea off St Michael", Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. (1812): 152–8].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William C. Redfield
Date:  24 Feb [1840]
Classmark:  Yale University: Beinicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Letters to William C. Redfield vol. 2 Scientific 1831-41 (z117 00151 2) pp. 335–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-556

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  • … American Journal of Science and Arts (Silliman’s Journal) . Tillard 1812 . Oersted 1839 . …
  • … Bibliography Oersted, Hans Christian. 1839. On water-spouts. Edinburgh New Philosophical …
  • … paper on "Whirlwinds excited by fire" [ Am. J. Sci. 36 (1839): 50–9; Edinburgh New Philos. …
  • … J. 27 (1839): 369–79]. Sends a summary account of circular clouds and waterspouts formed …

From J. G. Malcolmson   30 November 1839

Summary

Sends specimens of coralline with vermiform holes.

J. Allan’s observations of Aldabra and the Cormoros [see Coral reefs, p. 186] and news of his experiments on the growth of coral.

Author:  John Grant Malcolmson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Nov 1839
Classmark:  DAR 39: 15–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-548

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  • … From J.  G. Malcolmson   30 November 1839
  • … DAR 39: 15–17 John Grant Malcolmson Forres 30 Nov 1839 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Forres Nov r 30 th . 1839 My Dear Sir, I take advantage of a young friend going to London …

To John Maurice Herbert   [January 1839 – September 1842]

Summary

Suggests the names of two bird-preservers for JMH’s friend.

In reference to an earlier letter, replies: "As for Birds of Paradise from the West Indies, tell that to the marines, as we used to say on board the Beagle".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  [Jan 1839 – Sept 1842]
Classmark:  Bonhams, New York (dealers) (11 December 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-476A

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  • … To John Maurice Herbert   [January 1839 – September 1842] …
  • … 11 December 2013) Charles Robert Darwin London [Jan 1839 – Sept 1842] John Maurice Herbert …
  • … 12 Upper Gower Street, London, from January 1839 to September 1842, when he moved to Down, …

From William Herbert   [c. 27 June 1839]

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Summary

Rejects necessity of outbreeding and any general law of reversion.

Describes further experiments with Hippeastrum showing greater fertility with foreign pollen than with individual’s own pollen or with pollen from another individual of same species.

Does not believe CD’s questions about reversion can be answered in present state of knowledge.

Author:  William Herbert, Dean of Manchester
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c.27 June 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-524

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  • … From William Herbert   [ c. 27 June 1839] …
  • … Dean of Manchester London, Chester St, 16 [ c .27 June 1839] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … from William Herbert to J.  S. Henslow, 5 April 1839 . W.  Herbert 1837 , p.  350. Herbert …
  • … questions for William Herbert, [ c . 1 April 1839] n.  7. CD subsequently annotated it in …

To Emma Wedgwood   2 [–3 January 1839]

Summary

His dinner with the Carlyles. "He is the best worth listening to of any man" – but CD cannot get up much admiration for Mrs C, partly because of her Scots accent, which makes her difficult to understand.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  2 [–3 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-481

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  • … To Emma Wedgwood   2 [–3 January 1839] …
  • … 210.8: 10 Charles Robert Darwin Athenaeum Club 2 [–3 Jan 1839] Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin …
  • … letter from Emma Wedgwood, [7 January 1839] ). According to the ‘Journal’ ( Correspondence …

To Richard Owen   [1839 – April 1840]

Summary

Delighted by RO’s discussion in this sheet. RO should return revises to printer and get remaining ones.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [1839 – Apr 1840]
Classmark:  Charles Hamilton (dealer) (13 June 1974)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-397

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  • … To Richard Owen   [1839 – April 1840] …
  • … June 1974) Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [1839 – Apr 1840] Richard Owen …

To Charles Babbage   [February 1839 – August 1842]

Summary

Asks permission to bring Fanny Allen to CB’s party.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [Feb 1839 – Aug 1842]
Classmark:  British Library (Add 37191: 298)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-470

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  • … To Charles Babbage   [February 1839 – August 1842] …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [Feb 1839 – Aug 1842] Charles Babbage …

To Thomas Campbell Eyton   [30 November 1839]

Summary

Sends bird specimens for examination by TCE [for Birds].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  [30 Nov 1839]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-547

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  • … To Thomas Campbell Eyton   [30 November 1839] …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [30 Nov 1839] Thomas Campbell Eyton …
  • … Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder and Co. 1839–41. Blyth, Edward. 1838. Outlines of a …

To Gideon Algernon Mantell   23 May 1839

Summary

Writes, as Secretary of the Geological Society, to thank GAM for his presents, a slab of anthracite with plant impressions (from Philadelphia) and some fossils from Cornwall.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gideon Algernon Mantell
Date:  23 May 1839
Classmark:  Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand (Mantell papers fMS-Papers-0083-465)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-511A

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  • … To Gideon Algernon Mantell   23 May 1839
  • … Charles Robert Darwin Geological Society of London 23 May 1839 Gideon Algernon Mantell …

From Emma Wedgwood   [23 January 1839]

Summary

Responds warmly to his very nice letter. CD need have no fear that she will not be as happy as he.

Again expresses uneasiness that their opinions on religion do not agree on all points. Hopes they will sympathise in their feelings on the subject.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 162
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-492

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  • … From Emma Wedgwood   [23 January 1839] …
  • … DAR 204: 162 Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin Maer [23 Jan 1839] Charles Robert Darwin …

From Susan Darwin   [c. 24 October 1839]

Summary

Gives some information on Darwin family history.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 24 Oct 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 25 (on display at Down House in 1991)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-472

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  • … From Susan Darwin   [ c. 24 October 1839] …
  • … Down House in 1991) Susan Elizabeth Darwin unstated [c. 24 Oct 1839] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … see letter to W.  D. Fox, 24 October [1839] ). The coat of arms is similar to that of the …

To T. L. Mitchell   31 May [1839]

Summary

CD’s servant [Syms Covington] will work his passage to Australia.

Returns a curious stone, of which he hopes to publish an account. [See Volcanic islands, p. 38.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Livingstone Mitchell
Date:  31 May [1839]
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-515

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  • … To T.  L. Mitchell   31 May [1839] …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 31 May [1839] Thomas Livingstone Mitchell …

From Benjamin Silliman Sr and Benjamin SIlliman Jr   24 May 1839

Summary

Thanks for copies of the Proceedings of the Geological Society of London, with a request for items (listed) missing from their set.

Offer to supply, if they can, any copies missing from the Geological Society’s run of the American Journal of Science.

Author:  Benjamin Silliman, Sr; Benjamin Silliman, Jr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin; William John Hamilton
Date:  24 May 1839
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/233)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-511F

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  • … From Benjamin Silliman Sr and Benjamin SIlliman Jr   24 May 1839
  • … Sr Benjamin Silliman, Jr Yale 24 May 1839 Charles Robert Darwin William John Hamilton …

To William Henry Smyth   7 August [1839]

Summary

Asks for details of Smyth’s Island discovered by WHS – particularly whether the islets form a ring surrounding a lagoon. [See Coral reefs, p. 158].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Smyth
Date:  7 Aug [1839]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-530

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  • … To William Henry Smyth   7 August [1839] …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 7 Aug [1839] William Henry Smyth …

From Emma Darwin   [c. February 1839]

Summary

Discusses CD’s religious doubts. Fears his work may lead him to discount what cannot be proved, and advises that there are some things which, "if true are likely to be above our comprehension" and "that there is a danger in giving up revelation".

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. Feb 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-471

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  • … From Emma Darwin   [ c. February 1839] …
  • … DAR 210.8: 14 Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin unstated [c. Feb 1839] Charles Robert Darwin …

To G. R. Gray   [June–October 1839]

Summary

Asks for some Anthus skins to examine [for Birds]. Fears they may turn out to be all one species. Sends details from his notes on Falkland Island specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [June–Oct 1839]
Classmark:  British Library (Egerton 2348: 235–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-508

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  • … To G.  R. Gray   [June–October 1839] …
  • … 235–6) Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [June–Oct 1839] George Robert Gray …

To Leonard Jenyns   14 October [1839]

Summary

Informs LJ that Yarrell has recommended B. W. Hawkins to do the plates [for Fish]. Discusses arrangements to be made, number of plates, etc. Answers LJ’s questions about several specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  14 Oct [1839]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-538

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  • … To Leonard Jenyns   14 October [1839] …
  • … Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 14 Oct [1839] Leonard Jenyns/Leonard Blomefield …
  • … off the coast of Senegal, West Africa (see letter to Leonard Jenyns, 17 October [1839] ). …

To Emma Wedgwood   [20 January 1839]

Summary

Comments on recent visit to Maer. Explains that his notion of happiness as quietness and solitude derives from Beagle experience. Hopes Emma will humanise him. Comments on marriage planned for Tuesday.

Describes recent visit by Lyell and his wife. Talked geology for half an hour "with poor Mrs Lyell sitting by". "I want practice in ill-treating the female sex."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [20 Jan 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-489

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  • … To Emma Wedgwood   [20 January 1839] …
  • … DAR 210.8: 12 Charles Robert Darwin Athenaeum Club [20 Jan 1839] Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin …

Decaisne, Joseph. 1839. Sur la structure des poils qui couvrent le péricarpe de certaines Composées. Annales des sciences naturelles (botanique) 2d ser. 12: 251–4.

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  • … Decaisne, Joseph. 1839. Sur la structure des poils qui couvrent le péricarpe de certaines …
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Darwin’s reading notebooks

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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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  • … to read in Notebook C ( Notebooks , pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in …
  • … in the Royal Society of London (Royal Society of London 1839) has been heavily marked, and quite a …
  • … Pierquin, published in Paris (in 2 vols.), so long ago as 1839 4  [Pierquin de Gembloux 1839]. …
  • … 1814–29] D r  Royle on Himmalaya types [Royle 1839] (read) Smellie Philosophy of …
  • … 12  by Owen in Encyclop. of Anat. & Physiology [R. Owen 1839] Dampier probably worth …
  • … on subjects of science connected with Nat. Theol: [Brougham 1839] on instinct & animal …
  • … 1808] Brit. & Foreign Medical Rev. N o  14. Ap 1839 [Anon. 1839b] Rev. on Walker on …
  • … Smart 17  Beginning of a New School of metaphysic. [Smart 1839] about connection of language & …
  • … Babbington on Flora of Channel Isl d . [Babington 1839] says he has remarks on affinities of …
  • … 1816 [Gallesio 1816]— quoted by D r . Holland [Holland 1839] (p. 27) as good— Decandoelle …
  • … [Thacker 1834–5] p. 291 Athenæum 1839. p. 546— M r  Conrad has published …
  • … Arboretum [Loudon 1838] in Edinburgh Review July 1839 [Anon. 1839a]— there are pencil remarks on it. …
  • … would contain facts for me [DAR *119: 9v.] 1839. Decemb. Advertised . …
  • … Dog with illustrations of about 100 varieties [?C. H. Smith 1839–40] 24 Flourens “Resume …
  • … publishing Travels into interior of N. America [Wied-Neuwied 1839–41]— in Geograph Soc …
  • … 1840. Octob & Jan. Papers on Instinct by Flourens [Flourens 1839] (read) Index of Clarkes …
  • … S. Bellamy on Nat. Hist. of S. Devonshire [Bellamy 1839] chiefly on distribution of forms said to be …
  • … at end of Catalogue of Royal Soc. [Royal Society of London 1839]— Meckel’s Anatomy. French …
  • … ed. 1834] read Vol. (2 d ) on Dogs [C. H. Smith 1839–40] /on Ruminants [Jardine ed. 1835–6] …
  • … on the Obligations of man to the inferior animals’ [Youatt 1839] discusses their minds. …
  • … by  Hooker . [A. P. de Candolle 1839–40] Jussieus …

Darwin in letters, 1837–1843: The London years to 'natural selection'

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The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle voyage was one of extraordinary activity and productivity in which he became recognised as a naturalist of outstanding ability, as an author and editor, and as a professional…

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  • … they show for one another’s sensibilities. Early in 1839 the couple set up house in London and at …
  • … and set in type by November 1837, though not published until 1839, when it appeared as the third …
  • … of species” ( Letter to J. S. Henslow, [November 1839] ).   note book, after note …
  • … Marriage Darwin married Emma Wedgwood in January 1839. His hopes and fears about married life …
  • … to act’ ( Letter from Emma Darwin, [  c.  February 1839] ). These are not matters that she would …

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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  • … Letter 489 - Darwin to Wedgwood, E., [20 January 1839] Written shortly before their …

Natural Science and Femininity

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Discussion Questions|Letters A conflation of masculine intellect and feminine thoughts, habits and feelings, male naturalists like Darwin inhabited an uncertain gendered identity. Working from the private domestic comfort of their homes and exercising…

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  • … Letter 542 - Darwin to Wedgwood, C. S., [27 October 1839] Darwin details his typical …

Darwin’s observations on his children

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Charles Darwin’s observations on the development of his children,[1] began the research that culminated in his book The Expression of the emotions in man and Animals, published in 1872, and his article ‘A biographical sketch of an infant’, published in…

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  • … races, lunatics, the blind, and animals. And as early as 1839 Darwin had begun to collect …
  • … development from the day of his birth, 27 December 1839, until September 1844. Parallels in the …
  • … 1 [9] W. Erasmus. Darwin born. Dec. 27 th . 1839.—[10] During first week. yawned, streatched …
  • …  vol. 2, letter from Emma Wedgwood, [23 January 1839] . [7]  Correspondence  vol. 2, …

The evolution of honeycomb

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Darwin recognised that explaining the evolution of the honey-bee’s comb-building abilities was essential if his theory of natural selection was to be taken seriously, and in the 1850s he carried out his own experiments at his home at Down House in Kent,…

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  • … on subjects connected with natural theology  (1839), Brougham commented that bees acted with a …
  • … suppose when we recollect who is her teacher’ (Brougham 1839, 1: 35, 77). William Kirby wrote of the …
  • … no bee in the world ever made cylindrical cells (Brougham 1839, 1: 32). However, Darwin knew that …

Religion

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Design|Personal Belief|Beauty|The Church Perhaps the most notorious realm of controversy over evolution in Darwin's day was religion. The same can be said of the evolution controversy today; however the nature of the disputes and the manner in…

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  • … Letter 471 — Darwin, Emma to Darwin, C. R., [c. Feb 1839] Emma discusses Darwin’s religious …

Journal of researches

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The Journal of researches, Darwin’s account of his travels round the world in H.M.S. Beagle, was his first published book. The circumstances of its publication were not shaped by Darwin, however, but by the Beagle’s captain, Robert FitzRoy, who, according…

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  • … his ship . The Journal of Researches thus began life in 1839 as the third volume of the N …
  • … the time the Narrative was eventually published in May 1839, FitzRoy’s volume showed just how …
  • … with the title Journal of researches as early as August 1839. The speed with which this occurred …

York Minster (Elleparu)

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York Minster was known as Elleparu among the Alakaluf, or canoe people from the western part of Tierra del Fuego. He was captured by FitzRoy in 1830 after one the small boats used for surveying the narrow inlets of the coast of Tierra del Fuego had been…

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  • … FitzRoy.] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry Colburn. 1839. …

Bibliography of Darwin’s geological publications

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This list includes papers read by Darwin to the Geological Society of London, his books on the geology of the Beagle voyage, and other publications on geological topics.  Author-date citations refer to entries in the Darwin Correspondence Project’s…

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  • … Transactions of the Royal Society of London  (1839) pt 1: 39-81. [ Shorter publications , pp.  50 …
  • … Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London  9 (1839): 528-9.  [ Shorter publications , …

Fuegia Basket (Yokcushlu)

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Fuegia Basket was known as Yokcushlu among the Alakaluf, or canoe people from the western part of Tierra del Fuego. She was one of the hostages seized by Robert FitzRoy, after the small boat used for surveying the narrow inlets of the coast of Tierra del…

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  • … FitzRoy.] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry Colburn. 1839. …

Jemmy Button (Orundellico)

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Jemmy Button was known as Orundellico among the Yahgan, or canoe people of the southern part of Tierra del Fuego.  He was the fourth hostage taken by FitzRoy in 1830 following the theft of the small surveying boat. This fourteen-year old boy was called…

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  • … FitzRoy.] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry Colburn. 1839. …

Darwin in letters, 1821-1836: Childhood to the Beagle voyage

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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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  • … until FitzRoy completed his volume of the Narrative  in 1839. London scientific society …

Marriage

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Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgwood are married. They were first cousins. Darwin had proposed on 11 November 1838, describing it as the 'day of days!'.

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  • … Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgwood are married. They were first cousins. Darwin had proposed on 11 …

Darwin on marriage

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On 11 November 1838 Darwin wrote in his journal ‘The day of days!’. He had proposed to his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, and been accepted; they were married on 29 January 1839. Darwin appears to have written these two notes weighing up the pros and cons of…

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  • … Wedgwood, and been accepted; they were married on 29 January 1839. Darwin appears to have written …

Alexander Burns Usborne

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Alexander Burns Usborne was born in Kendal, Westmorland, in 1808, the son of Alexander and Margaret Usborne; his father died in 1818 and in his will was described as the purser on HMS Hannibal. His son joined the navy in 1825 aged 16 as a second-class…

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  • … coast of Australia is named after him. However in May 1839 he was so badly injured when a musket …

William Darwin born

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The Darwins' first child, William Erasmus Darwin, is born.  His father immediately starts to record observations on his behaviour and development. Years later these are published in the journal Mind.

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  • … The Darwins' first child, William Erasmus Darwin, is born.  His father immediately starts to …

Syms Covington

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When Charles Darwin embarked on the Beagle in 1831 Syms Covington was ‘fiddler & boy to Poop-cabin’. Covington died in 1861 reportedly 47 years old, so he would have been 17; although if he was the Simon Covington born in Bedford on 30 January 1809,…

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  • … employ, paying him extra for secretarial duties. In January 1839 CD married his cousin, Emma …

Journal of Researches published

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Darwin's account of the Beagle voyage, based on his personal diaries, is published and is a great success. It appeared as the third volume of the Narrative of the surveying voyage of H.M.S. Adventure and Beagle, with the title Journal and remarks but…

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  • … Darwin's account of the Beagle voyage, based on his personal diaries, is published and is a …

Darwin and Fatherhood

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Charles Darwin married Emma Wedgwood in 1839 and over the next seventeen years the couple had ten children. It is often assumed that Darwin was an exceptional Victorian father. But how extraordinary was he? The Correspondence Project allows an unusually…

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  • … Charles Darwin married Emma Wedgwood in 1839 and over the next seventeen years the couple had ten …
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