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To Robert Chambers   [14 February – 20 March 1848]

Summary

Thanks RC for information on hand-level; he has recommended it in his "Instructions" ["Geology", Collected papers 1: 227–50].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Chambers
Date:  [14 Feb – 20 Mar 1848]
Classmark:  Watt Library, Greenock
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1160

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To Emma Darwin   [20–1 May 1848]

Summary

Reports on his father’s health, and Catherine’s. CD, himself, has been a little sick.

Hensleigh [Wedgwood] thinks he has settled the free-will question – "we have none whatsoever".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [20–1 May 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1176

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  • Darwin, C. R. Wedgwood, Emma Darwin, Emma …

To Daniel Sharpe   23 August [1848?]

Summary

Thanks for note.

Glad DS sticks to cleavage and foliation question. Bernhard Studer one of few to take correct view on subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Sharpe
Date:  23 Aug [1848?]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-991

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To John Phillips   [7 or 14 April 1848]

Summary

Some geologists (especially H. T. De la Beche) doubt boulders have really been carried above their parent rock, but rather thought they were left behind as a result of denudation. Asks JP’s view of this, which he can quote. Supposes he will be well abused for his paper, but is resolved "not to show a white feather".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [7 or 14] Apr 1848
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1170

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To Augustus Addison Gould   3 September [1848]

Summary

Describes his research on cirripedes. Asks to borrow specimens. Comments on previous work on the subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Augustus Addison Gould
Date:  3 Sept [1848]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Augustus A. Gould papers, 1831–66 MS Am 1210: 224)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1200

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  • Darwin, C. R. Gould, A. A. …
  • … obliged servant | Charles Darwin To | D r . Gould | &c &c &c Since writing the above I …

To Francis Boott    20 August 1848

Summary

CD will write to A. A. Gould for aid. Thanks for sympathy and assistance about chloroform.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Boott
Date:  20 Aug 1848
Classmark:  James Cummins, Bookseller (website viewed 7 February 2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1195

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  • Darwin, C. R. Boott, Francis …
  • r . Gould at Boston, for I hear he is a very kind man & likes to assist everyone. Dr.  Gould has attended to Cirripedia more than any one else & if he grants my request, I consider it superfluous to trouble anyone else. Should this channel fail, I will not fail to remember your most kind offer. With my true thanks for all your sympathy & assistance about Chloriform— | pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | C.  Darwin

To Richard Owen   [April? 1848]

Summary

Pleased at RO’s praise of Coral reefs.

Has read with very great interest RO’s "Report on the archetype" [Rep. BAAS 16 (1846): 169–340]. RO should give name to every letter or number in his woodcuts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [Apr? 1848]
Classmark:  R. S. Owen 1894, 1: 209
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-997

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To James Smith   28 January [1848]

Summary

CD asks if he may have the use of the cirripedes JS collected in Portugal. He will need to break up or make a section of at least one of each species.

Expresses admiration for JS’s paper on Malta ["On recent depressions in the land", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1847): 234–40], with its striking demonstration of the change of level between land and water there discovered.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Smith
Date:  28 Jan [1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1148

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  • Darwin, C. R. Smith, James …
  • … faithfully | C.  Darwin I must express to you, how delighted I was with your paper on …

To John Phillips   7 March [1848]

Summary

JP’s reference was clear, but seems to be different from the case cited by W. Hopkins about erratic conglomerate boulders. Asks for more details on the latter. CD does not think much of Hopkins’ paper ["Elevation and denudation of the district of the lakes of Cumberland and Westmorland", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 4 (1848): 70–98].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  7 Mar [1848]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1162

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To William Hellier Baily   5 October 1848

Summary

Send thanks for informing him of barnacles and asks that they be sent, directed to him, to the Geological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Hellier Baily
Date:  5 Oct 1848
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (12 November 1963)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1201

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To J. W. Lubbock   [December 1848–9]

Summary

Obliged for drawings and coins. Cannot tell what the stone is.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John William Lubbock, 3d baronet
Date:  [Dec 1848–9]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1210

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  • Darwin, C. R. Lubbock, J. W. (b) …

To James Scott Bowerbank   [January–August 1848]

Summary

Thanks him for Balanus specimens. Comments on his findings. A large Acasta in the wet state would be valuable. Asks JSB to mention his work to J. T. Quekett at the College of Surgeons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Scott Bowerbank
Date:  [Jan–Aug 1848]
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1045

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  • Darwin, C. R. Bowerbank, J. S. …
  • r Quecket: do you know him well, & if so, would you object to mention my intention of making a monograph of the Cirripedia: anything from N.  Zealand has a good chance of being interesting. With many thanks | Your’s very sincerely | C.   Darwin

From Edmund Saul Dixon    [September–October 1848]

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Summary

He can distinguish varieties of guinea-fowl as soon as birds are hatched.

Behaviour of Malay hens.

Author:  Edmund Saul (Eugene Sebastian Delamer) Dixon
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Sept–Oct 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 205.5: 214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1621

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To John Phillips   [12? March 1848]

Summary

Thanks JP for his note and reference. CD’s paper will not deal with the general question of erratics but only their transportal from a lower to a higher level ["The transportal of erratic boulders", Collected papers 1: 218–27]. His notion is that the boulders were transported by coast-ice, not drifting icebergs, and that during the period of transportal the land was subsiding. Can JP tell him whether the raised conglomerate boulders he observed were rounded or angular?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [12? Mar 1848]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1163

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To Robert Chambers   [June 1848]

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Summary

Congratulates RC on his work on Scottish sea-margins [Ancient sea-margins (1848)].

Discusses Glen Roy; Milne staggered him in favour of the glacier view, but now his opinion has reverted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Chambers
Date:  [June 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 50: C1–C2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1182

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To Richard Owen   [4 February 1848]

Summary

Has been invited to contribute geological instructions [to J. F. W. Herschel, ed., Manual of scientific enquiry (1849); Collected papers 1: 227–50]. Asks RO whether remarks on coral reefs appertain to geology rather than zoology.

Looks forward to visit by Owens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [4 Feb 1848]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1150

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To George Robert Waterhouse   [6 February 1848]

Summary

Invites GRW to a dinner party with other scientists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [6 Feb 1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.69)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1154

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  • Darwin, C. R. Waterhouse, G. R. …
  • R.  Schomburgk. I hope you will come. I want to hear some news of your foreign trip. Ever yours | C.  Darwin

To Maria Hooker   [17 December 1848]

Summary

Returns letters [from her son, J. D. Hooker, in India].

Asks that B. H. Hodgson’s zoological pamphlets be sent to him at Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maria Hooker
Date:  [17 Dec 1848]
Classmark:  McGill University Library, Department of Rare Books
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1209

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To Samuel Pickworth Woodward   10 July 1848

Summary

Is pleased to support SPW’s application for a position in the fossil department at the British Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Pickworth Woodward
Date:  10 July 1848
Classmark:  British Museum (Central Archive Staff Applications and Testimonials: S. P. Woodward CE33/710/45)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1189A

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To Edward Cresy   [20 July 1848]

Summary

Will speak to Richard Owen, Henry De la Beche, and Robert Hutton concerning appointment for EC.

Leaving for sea-side on Saturday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  [20 July 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 308
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1192

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