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To A. C. Ramsay   7 April [1848]

Summary

Asks ACR to establish height of Moel Tryfan in Caernarvonshire; "in my notice on this hill [""Ancient glaciers of Caernarvonshire"" (1842), Collected papers 1: 163–71] I give a very much less height than others". [See also another mention of the elevation of Moel Tryfan in "On the transportal of erratic boulders" (1848), Collected papers 1: 218–27.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Date:  7 Apr [1848]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1168

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  • Darwin, C. R. Ramsay, A. C. …
  • r Trimmers important discovery & no two authors give the same height: in my notice on this hill, I give a very much less height than others & I cannot for the life of me remember on what authority, though I know I took some pains to ascertain. I sh d be very much obliged for an answer pretty soon, if you can so far oblige me. Yours sincerely | C.  Darwin

From J. E. Gray   26 August 1848

Summary

Is sorry that any person has misunderstood his intentions. JEG read his papers on cirripedes at the Zoological Society without intending to interfere with CD’s work; he merely wished to record his old observations, made before CD commenced his study, and thought that by so doing he was helping CD. [See "Description of a new species of Anatifa" and "On Thaliella", Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. (1848): 44.]

Author:  John Edward Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Aug 1848
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Zoological reports 1848: 254–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1196

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To William Crawford Williamson   31 January [1848]

Summary

Thanks WCW for his article ["Microscopical objects found in mud of Levant", Mem. Lit. & Philos. Soc. Manchester 2d ser. 8 (1848):1–128]. Comments on it; offers to send Ascension Island specimens. Urges WCW to re-examine coal-beds for Infusoria to determine whether intervening beds were deposited by sea-, brackish, or fresh water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Crawford Williamson
Date:  31 Jan [1848]
Classmark:  Kobunso (Mr Sorimachi, bookseller, Tokyo)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1149

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To John Frederick William Herschel   4 February 1848

Summary

Undertakes to write geological part of Admiralty Instructions [A manual of scientific enquiry (1849), Collected papers 1: 227–50]. Has doubts as to his success.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  4 Feb 1848
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1151

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  • Darwin, C. R. Herschel, J. F. W. …

To Andrew Crombie Ramsay   4 February [1848]

Summary

Invites him to dinner on Saturday the 12th. Charles and Mrs Lyell, Edward Forbes, Richard Owen, and Thomas Bell coming also.

"Will you bring your map of S. America … and we will have a talk over it."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Date:  4 Feb [1848]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1152

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To Edward Cresy   [before May 1848?]

Summary

Agrees that naval expeditions to the Arctic are a waste of money. Believes Sir J. Barrow responsible. "Dr [Richard?] King is quite right in the advantage of Land Expeditions".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  [before May 1848?]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 304
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-805

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  • Darwin, C. R. Cresy, Edward, Jr …
  • … me, | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C.  Darwin I hope M r . & M rs . Cresy are well. …

To Edward Cresy   [before May 1848?]

Summary

Obliged for account of change in quality of wool. "Some authors will not admit that climate has any perceptible action."

Hopes his health is re-established.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  [before May 1848?]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 303
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1545

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To J. F. W. Herschel   [21 March 1848]

Summary

Sends MS of his chapter on geology for Manual [Collected papers 1: 227–50]. Fears it may be too long. Does not much like it but can do no better. After hesitation, has recommended books. Defends his point that mere collection of rock specimens is "of hardly any use to Geology".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  [21 Mar 1848]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1164

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  • Darwin, C. R. Herschel, J. F. W. …

To Josiah Wedgwood III   [July 1848]

Summary

Writes about Emma’s trust account investments and calls due upon them. Sends his record and asks JW to bring it up to date.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III
Date:  [July 1848]
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 1019)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1142

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  • Darwin, C. R. Wedgwood, Josiah, III …

To J. E. Gray   [5 or 6 February 1848]

Summary

Discusses loan of cirripede specimens from the British Museum and problems of classification. Encloses a note of thanks to be laid before the Trustees [see 1153].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Gray
Date:  [5 or 6] Feb 1848
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.72)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1155

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  • Darwin, C. R. Gray, J. E. …
  • r Stutchburys collection & he seems to have named his partly from the B.  Museum, which will be of some assistance. I cannot too strongly express how deeply I have been gratified by your letter to the Trustees. Your conduct has been most generous & handsome, & I shall never forget it— Pray believe me | Yours most sincerely obliged | C.  Darwin

To Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz   22 October 1848

Summary

Thanks LA and sends thanks to A. A. Gould for specimens. Describes principal findings of his research on cirripedes. Is obliged for information Joseph Leidy gave about cirripede eyes. Describes anatomical features and chief aspects of growth. Describes discovery of parasitic males and a species parasitic upon other cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Louis Rodolphe (Louis) Agassiz
Date:  22 Oct 1848
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Am 1419: 274)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1205

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  • Darwin, C. R. Agassiz, Louis …
  • … your & D r Goulds kindness— Pray believe me | Yours faithfully & obliged | C.  Darwin I do …
  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. …

To J. F. W. Herschel   7 May [1848]

Summary

Sends MS of "Geology" for Manual [Collected papers 1: 227–50]. First parcel lost. Asks JFWH to give advice on an unclear note, translated from Élie de Beaumont, on measuring incline of lava-flows.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  7 May [1848]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1173

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  • Darwin, C. R. Herschel, J. F. W. …

From J. D. Hooker   24 July [1848]

Summary

Brian Hodgson reading CD’s Journal of researches with delight.

Forwarding breeding pamphlets.

JDH recommends P. S. Pallas on degeneration.

CD’s facts on sex in barnacles startling.

Hugh Falconer’s health.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 July [1848]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: India letters 1847–51: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1193

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To John Stevens Henslow   [1 April 1848]

Summary

Thanks JSH for his address [Address delivered in the Ipswich Museum on 9th March 1848]. Questions a sentence which implies that only the practical use of a scientific discovery makes it worth while. The instinct for truth justifies science without any practical results. Cites his work on cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [1 Apr 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1167

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  • Darwin, C. R. Henslow, J. S. …
  • Darwin. London: Ray Society. 1851. Living Cirripedia (1854): A monograph of the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species. The Balanidæ (or sessile cirripedes); the Verrucidæ, etc. By Charles Darwin. London: Ray Society. 1854. Natural selection : Charles Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. …

To Charles Lyell   [16 June 1848]

Summary

Comments on Ann Susan Horner’s escape in a dangerous incident at sea.

Compares addresses by William Buckland and CL, delivered at recent meeting of the Geological Society.

Discusses the views on Glen Roy in Chambers’ Ancient sea-margins [1848].

Speculates that Chambers wrote Vestiges [of creation (1844)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [16 June 1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1186

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To Henri Milne-Edwards   1 September [1848]

Summary

Describes his cirripede work. Asks whether HM-E can arrange for him to borrowspecimens, especially of species described in Dumont d’Urville, Voyage of"Astrolabe" [1830–2]. Lists species that interesthim.

Compliments HM-E on his Crustacés [1834–40].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henri Milne-Edwards
Date:  1 Sept [1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.76)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1199

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  • Darwin, C. R. Milne-Edwards, Henri …

To H. T. De la Beche   7 April [1848]

Summary

CD discusses questions about his coral reef theory that were raised by HTDlaB [in his Geol. Soc. Anniversary Address (1848)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Thomas De la Beche
Date:  7 Apr [1848]
Classmark:  National Museum of Wales, Department of Natural Sciences (De la Beche)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1169

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  • Darwin, C. R. De la Beche, H. T. …

To Edward Cresy   [May 1848]

Summary

May go to Paris next summer about barnacles.

Unable to appreciate second volume of Alexander von Humboldt’s Cosmos [1848].

Recommends review by Sir John Herschel [Edinburgh Rev. 87 (1848): 170–229].

Recommends book by Mary Somerville [Physical geography (1848)].

Mentions article [on species] by M. E. Chevreul [Ann. Sci. Nat. (Bot.) 3d ser. 6 (1846): 142–214].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  [May? 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 305
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1171

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To John Thomas Quekett   7 September [1848]

Summary

Asks about collection of mollusc specimens he had lent to Richard Owen.

Asks about seeing cirripede collection of the College.

Comments on larva of Scalpellum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Thomas Quekett; Royal College of Surgeons
Date:  7 Sept [1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.62)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1114

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  • Darwin, C. R. Quekett, J. T. Royal College of Surgeons …

To J. D. Hooker   6 October [1848]

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CD makes progress with barnacles. Describes "supplemental" males in detail. In working out metamorphosis, their crustacean homologies followed automatically.

CD opposes appending first describer’s name to specific name.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 Oct [1848]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 112a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1202

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