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From Francis Beaufort to Robert FitzRoy   1 September [1831]

Summary

Believes he has found a "savant" for FitzRoy in CD, whom he describes as grandson of Erasmus Darwin and "full of zeal and enterprize".

Author:  Francis Beaufort
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  1 Sept [1831]
Classmark:  United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Archive (Letter Book no. 3, p. 233)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-113

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  • … Beaufort, Francis FitzRoy, Robert
  • … From Francis Beaufort to Robert FitzRoy   1 September [1831] …
  • … Archive (Letter Book no. 3, p. 233) Francis Beaufort unstated 1 Sept [1831] Robert FitzRoy

From Robert FitzRoy   23 September 1831

Summary

Regrets he cannot take Francis Owen on Beagle as midshipman. RF thinks CD had better be on the books [for victuals], but CD should do as he likes. Refitting progress is slow.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204.6.2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-135

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To Robert FitzRoy   [10 October 1831]

Summary

Has just heard Beagle sailing is delayed so he will remain another week in London. Asks whether RF has a good set of mountain barometers, which geologists tell him are important.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [10 Oct 1831]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-142

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To Robert FitzRoy   [19 September 1831]

Summary

Reports on errands he has done for RF. Has discussed with Beaufort the question of his having right to dispose of his collection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [19 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Copy DAR 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-131

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  • … Darwin, C. R. FitzRoy, Robert
  • … To Robert FitzRoy   [19 September 1831] …
  • … DAR 144 Charles Robert Darwin London, Spring Gardens, 17 [19 Sept 1831] Robert FitzRoy
  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • Robert McCormick was Ship’s Surgeon and, as CD implies, it was normal for that officer to collect specimens on the voyage. When FitzRoy

To Robert FitzRoy   [4 or 11 October 1831]

Summary

CD’s luggage is frightfully bulky, though he has been as economical as possible. Has made financial arrangements for his expenses.

Plans to study mathematics during voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert FitzRoy
Date:  [4 or 11] Oct 1831
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-139

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From George Peacock to J. S. Henslow   [6 or 13 August 1831]

Summary

GP has been asked to recommend a naturalist to sail with Capt. Robert FitzRoy to Tierra del Fuego and the South Sea Islands. If Leonard Jenyns is not available, whom would JSH recommend?

P.S. Urges JHS not to lose this opportunity to have collections made for "our museum".

Author:  George Peacock
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [6 or 13] Aug 1831
Classmark:  DAR 97 (ser.2): 1–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-104

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  • … recommend a naturalist to sail with Capt. Robert FitzRoy to Tierra del Fuego and the South …
  • … It may have been Beaufort rather than Robert FitzRoy. If so, it would explain some of the …

To J. S. Henslow    15 [November 1831]

Summary

Sailing date fixed for end of month. Beagle is beautiful. Details of instructions and route. Hopes voyage will not exceed four years. Quarters very confined. Considers Jenyns did wisely in not coming. If CD were longer out of college and some years older he never could have endured it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  15 [Nov 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Henslow letters: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-147

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  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … The modifications ordered by Robert FitzRoy are described in Narrative 2: 17–18. For …

From John Coldstream   13 September 1831

Summary

Suggestions and information helpful to CD in preparation for Beagle voyage. David Brewster’s meteorological papers. Suggests an oyster-trawl for collecting marine animals. Recommends CD see R. E. Grant. For meteorological observations suggests F. W. Beechey’s Voyage to the Pacific [1831] and an interview with J. F. Daniell of King’s College.

Author:  John Coldstream
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Sept 1831
Classmark:  DAR 204.5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-124

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  • … was probably FitzRoy’s (see letter from Robert FitzRoy, 23 September 1831 ). John Frederic …

From George Peacock   [c. 26 August 1831]

Summary

Details about FitzRoy and proposed voyage of Beagle. CD invited to go on the voyage as naturalist.

Author:  George Peacock
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 26 Aug 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 97 (ser.2): 11–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-106

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  • … coasts of South America (1826–30). Robert FitzRoy was appointed commander of the Beagle in …
  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …

To Caroline Darwin   12 November [1831]

Summary

The outfitting of the Beagle progresses.

CD has been dining out more than he wishes. He has met W. S. Harris of "Electricity" fame.

His fears and hopes about seasickness.

A new continent has been discovered "somewhere far South". "Perhaps we may be sent in search."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Date:  12 Nov [1831]
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-146

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  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … with lightning conductors. For Robert FitzRoy’s report on the efficiency of those …

To J. S. Henslow   [5 September 1831]

Summary

Has met FitzRoy, who has now offered him the post of naturalist on board the Beagle. Other details about the voyage arrangements – mess, CD’s status, route, books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [5 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Henslow letters: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-118

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  • … The same evening Robert FitzRoy wrote his impressions of CD to Francis Beaufort: I have …
  • … Chester | From his valued friend Robert FitzRoy’. See Appendix IV. William John Burchell. …

To W. D. Fox   19 [September 1831]

Summary

Describes his appointment, the Beagle, his companions, and the objectives of the voyage. Gives his schedule before departure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  19 [Sept 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-132

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  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … 1831], n.  1. On 15 September 1831, Robert FitzRoy had written to Francis Beaufort ( F. …

To Susan Darwin   [6 September 1831]

Summary

Orders clothing, books, and other supplies for the voyage, to be sent to him in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [6 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-119

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  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … Appendix, p.  325 for a list with Robert FitzRoy’s rating of their performance. No such …

From J. S. Henslow   24 August 1831

Summary

JSH has been asked by Peacock to recommend a naturalist as companion to Capt. FitzRoy on Beagle voyage. CD the best qualified person; not a finished naturalist but amply qualified for collecting, observing, and noting.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Aug 1831
Classmark:  DAR 97(ser.2):4–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-105

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  • … Since this date and the reference to Robert FitzRoy’s wanting a companion are details that …

To Susan Darwin   [5 September 1831]

Summary

Wood has heard from FitzRoy, who seemed so much against CD’s going that CD and Henslow gave up. CD is in London; has seen FitzRoy, who is now ready to invite him. CD remains undecided. He likes FitzRoy. Gives details of prospective arrangements. They probably will be gone three years; "round the world" is not certain. Want of room is a serious objection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [5 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-117

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  • … from Alexander Charles Wood and Beaufort, Robert FitzRoy had misgivings about sharing his …

To Susan Darwin   [4 September 1831]

Summary

Spent preceding day with Henslow; much to be done. A friend, Alexander Charles Wood, has written to Capt. FitzRoy about CD. Peacock offered appointment as Beagle naturalist first to Leonard Jenyns, who almost accepted, as did Henslow himself. CD will talk to Capt. Francis Beaufort [Hydrographer] and FitzRoy. Thanks all his family.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [4 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-115

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  • … Alexander Charles Wood. Robert FitzRoy was 26. Wood may have told CD that FitzRoy was only …
  • FitzRoy ‘won the first medal … he did what has never been done before … he got full numbers’ (Rev. James Inman, head of Royal Naval College, Portsmouth, to Bartholomew James Sulivan, in H.  N.  Sulivan 1896 , p.  12). Edinburgh Journal of Science , edited by David Brewster and Robert

To Susan Darwin   [9 September 1831]

Summary

Discusses help he is receiving in his preparations for the voyage from William Yarrell and others. He has ordered a case of pistols, a rifle, and a good telescope with compass. It is settled that he will go.

Describes the coronation of William IV.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [9 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-122

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  • … King William IV on 8 September 1831. Robert FitzRoy was a nephew of George Henry FitzRoy, …

To Susan Darwin   [14 September 1831]

Summary

Pleasant three-day voyage to Plymouth has increased CD’s admiration for FitzRoy. Describes the Beagle as an excellent vessel, but the want of room is very bad. He likes the officers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [14 Sept 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-126

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  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …

From Henry Matthew   [14 February 1831]

Summary

Accepted CD’s "generous remittance" rather than go to jail; has pawned his watch. Will stay one fortnight to see whether he can do anything; if he fails he will go home. If he succeeds he will ask his father to pay his debts and nothing else for a two-year period. Is proud of the attachment CD shows.

Author:  Henry Matthew
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [14 Feb 1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204.3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-93

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  • … edition of 1824 has the signature ‘Robert FitzRoy 1831’ on both covers and title-pages. In …