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To J. D. Hooker   4 May [1865]

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On FitzRoy’s life and character.

Carl von Siebold’s cases of males and females of gall insects [True parthenogenesis in moths and bees (1857)]. Each sex produced on different plants.

Haeckel’s astonishing case of propagation in a Medusa.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 May [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 268a–b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4827

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Collins. 1958. Barlow, Nora. 1932. Robert FitzRoy and Charles Darwin. Cornhill Magazine …
  • … 19 April 1865] and 2 May 1865. Robert FitzRoy committed suicide on 30 April 1865 (see …
  • Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, was British foreign secretary from 1812 to 1822; he committed suicide on 12 August 1822 ( DNB ). FitzRoy’ …

To William Shoberl   [21 March 1839]

Summary

Captain FitzRoy has no objection to appending advertisement of other works connected with Beagle voyage to CD’s volume [Journal of researches].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Shoberl; Henry Colburn
Date:  [21 Mar 1839]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-501

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Freeman 1977 , pp.  33–4, and letter from Robert FitzRoy, [20 March 1839] , n.  1). This …
  • … it was written soon after the letter from Robert FitzRoy, [20 March 1839] . However, the …
  • FitzRoy, RN, from 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839. Mammalia : Pt 2 of The zoology of the voyage of HMS Beagle. By George Robert

To John Murray   10 January [1867]

Summary

Relieved by JM’s note and by his agreement on type size. Is alarmed by what the verdict [on Variation] of JM’s friend will be. He is not a man of science. An unscientific reader would have condemned the Origin. An eminent semi-scientific man thought the Journal of researches not worth publishing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 166)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5356

Matches: 2 hits

  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … identified; it was published in 1839. Robert FitzRoy read the proof-sheets (see Browne  …

From Bartholomew James Sulivan   27 June 1866

Summary

Reports on his health.

Discusses a surveying expedition under Richard Charles Mayne on which his son will be Second Lieutenant; hopes to arrange for them to excavate some bones in the Falklands.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 June 1866
Classmark:  DAR 177: 286
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5133

Matches: 3 hits

  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … January 1834 ( Narrative , Appendix). Robert FitzRoy commanded HMS Beagle during the 1831  …
  • … 1865). Maria Isabella FitzRoy. Robert O’Brien FitzRoy had served as flag lieutenant of HMS …

From Catherine Darwin   30 October 1835

Summary

Erasmus has received CD’s journal and two boxes; six large boxes are at Plymouth. Had feared them lost in wreck of Challenger.

News of family and friends.

Author:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Oct 1835
Classmark:  DAR 97 (ser. 2): 22–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-287

Matches: 2 hits

  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … This was Robert FitzRoy’s explanation (see Narrative 2: 479–80). FitzRoy’s notes to this …

From Charles Shaw   3 October 1865

Summary

Admiral FitzRoy’s daughters by his first marriage have been left without means. The largest subscription to the fund has been £100.

Author:  Charles Shaw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Oct 1865
Classmark:  DAR 177: 147
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4908

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Fund. CD’s letter has not been found. Robert FitzRoy committed suicide on 30 April 1865 ( …
  • … Shaw Admiral FitzRoy Testimonial Fund, London, Charing Cross, 55 3 Oct 1865 Charles Robert
  • … May 1865  and n.  4). His only son, Robert O’Brien FitzRoy, entered the navy in 1853, and …

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

Matches: 2 hits

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

To Charles Lyell   [3 December 1859]

Summary

Encloses a letter from FitzRoy to the Times.

Mentions letter from W. B. Carpenter accepting single progenitor for major animal classes.

Speculates about Richard Owen’s opinion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [3 Dec 1859]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.182)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2567

Matches: 2 hits

  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … CD’s identification of the author as Robert FitzRoy was correct (see n.  3, below, and …

From John Lubbock   2 September 1864

Summary

Wishes to borrow volumes 1 and 3 of Narrative [vol. 1 by Capt. P. P. King, vol. 3 by CD].

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Sept 1864
Classmark:  DAR 170: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4606

Matches: 2 hits

  • Robert FitzRoy edited the Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty’s ships …
  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …

To Caroline Wedgwood   [27 October 1839]

Summary

Describes his routine for a typical day – writing Coral reefs, studying German.

FitzRoy’s "Deluge Chapter" [Narrative 2, ch. 28] will amuse her.

His opinion of Carlyle’s Critical and miscellaneous essays [1839].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Date:  [27 Oct 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 154: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-542

Matches: 2 hits

  • … with reference to the deluge’. Colonel Thomas Wood’s wife was Robert FitzRoy’s aunt. …
  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …

From Catherine and Caroline Sarah Darwin   [16 February 1837]

Summary

News of family and friends.

Caroline repeats story told to R. W. Darwin of FitzRoy’s feeling of obligation to Captain John White, from whom he gained release to marry Miss O’Brien.

Fanny Biddulph has had a son.

Author:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton; Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [16 Feb 1837]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-344

Matches: 2 hits

  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … north-east of Oswestry, Shropshire. Robert FitzRoy and CD met the Whites in Valparaiso. In …

To Susan Darwin   23 April 1835

Summary

His trip across the Andes and back was his most successful excursion: can clearly demonstate that the western part of the double line of mountains is much older, with fossil shells at 12000ft; the eastern line may be as modern as the Patagonian plains. If proved, this is an important fact in the theory of the formation of the world. Has found petrified trees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  23 Apr 1835
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-275

Matches: 2 hits

  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … forth in the Admiralty instructions. Robert FitzRoy summarised the principal results in …

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

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 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 …

From J. L. Stokes   6 November 1846

Summary

Is upset by what has happened [see 1017], but does not know how CD’s note reached Grey.

Author:  John Lort Stokes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov 1846
Classmark:  Auckland Public Library (Grey collection GL D8 (1))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1019

Matches: 1 hit

  • … in with proof-sheets. See letters to Robert FitzRoy, 23 November [1846], and to J.  L. …

To George Warington   7 October [1867]

Summary

Admires his paper ["On the credibility of Darwinism", J. Trans. Victoria Inst. 2 (1867): 39–62, and discussion 63–125].

Ridicules William H. Ince and Admiral FitzRoy on their naive ideas about Noah’s ark.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Warington
Date:  7 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  Royal College of Physicians of London (MS1001/95)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5642

Matches: 2 hits

  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … 2 (1867): 95). CD probably refers to Robert FitzRoy’s ‘A very few remarks with reference …

To Caroline Darwin   13 October 1834

Summary

Became ill two weeks before on his return from Santiago after an interesting trip and some geology – though snow kept him out of the Andes. FitzRoy has had to sell the schooner; he was discouraged by the Admiralty, and the expense was too much for him to bear personally.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Date:  13 Oct 1834
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-259

Matches: 2 hits

  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • Robert FitzRoy in Narrative Appendix, p.  303 records the height as 6200 feet. CD changed …

From B. J. Sulivan   23 September [1864]

Summary

BJS’s health much improved by his continental tour.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 283
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4622

Matches: 2 hits

  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … briefly in Sulivan ed.  1896, p.  378. Robert FitzRoy was commander of HMS Beagle between …

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

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 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 Susan Darwin   3 [September] 1835

Summary

Living quietly on the ship and eating good food has been good for him. He longs for home. Peru is in a miserable state.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  3 [Sept] 1835
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-286

Matches: 2 hits

  • … the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy. ] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry …
  • … Voyage , p.  126) but the reference to Robert FitzRoy makes September the better date, …

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

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 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. …
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