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To W. D. Fox   [16 November 1859]

Summary

News of his health and the water-cure establishment.

[Origin] "my weariful book on Species" has been sent to WDF, who will not agree with it. Hooker is a convert, and Lyell is "staggered".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [16 Nov 1859]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 124)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2533

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   [16 November 1859] …
  • … vol.  1, letter to W.  D. Fox [1 April 1830]. CD may be referring to John Gilbert Crompton …
  • … Sydnope Hall, Derbyshire. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 31 January [1858] , and Correspondence …

To W. D. Fox   7 May [1855]

Summary

William Yarrell has assured him that call ducks cross freely with common varieties. CD would like a seven-day duckling and an old one that dies a natural death.

CD is depressed – all his experiments are going wrong, "all nature is perverse and will not do as I wish it". Feels he is getting out of his depth.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  7 May [1855]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 90)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1678

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   7 May [1855] …
  • … cracked the Onion seed. — Pickled in brine. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 26 April [1855] . …

To W. D. Fox   [30 April 1857]

Summary

His impressions of the hydropathic establishment and E. W. Lane. Is convinced the only thing for "chronic cases" is the water-cure.

Asks if WDF knows of any breed of pig that originated or was modified by a cross with a Chinese or Neapolitan pig, and whether the crossbreed bred true.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [30 Apr 1857]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 103)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2085

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   [30 April 1857] …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  4, letter to W.  D. Fox, 7 [July 1849] . Fox had recently visited …
  • … in Malvern for treatment. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 3 October [1856] . CD discussed this …
  • … Susan Darwin, [19 March 1849] , and to W.  D. Fox, 4 September [1850]. Lane believed that …

To W. D. Fox   24 October [1839]

Summary

Hopes to publish volume on coral formations in a few months.

He and Emma live quietly, having given up parties.

Asks WDF if he remembers the Darwin family motto. He means to have a "seal solemnly engraved".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  24 Oct [1839]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-541

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   24 October [1839] …
  • … vol.  2, Appendix II). Samuel and Ann Fox, W.  D. Fox’s parents. The motto was ‘Cave et …

To W. D. Fox   23 September [1859]

Summary

His book [Origin] is nearly done. Is not so silly as to expect to convert WDF. Lyell is wavering; Hooker has come round.

Family news.

Asks WDF to find out if a cross between differently coloured horses produces a dun.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  23 Sept [1859]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 122)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2493

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   23 September [1859] …
  • … CD had asked Fox to look out for such a case in the letter to W.  D. Fox, 8 May [1858] . …

From W. D. Fox   [before 1 March 1866]

Summary

Would much like to see Dr Birchfield appointed superintendent of the new asylum at Woking.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 1 Mar 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13808

Matches: 2 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   [before 1 March 1866] …

To W. D. Fox   [12 February 1859]

Summary

Undergoing hydropathic treatment for his old ailment.

The "Abstract" [Origin] is the cause. Only two chapters to do.

His satisfaction that he believes he has convinced Hooker and Huxley and staggered Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [12 Feb 1859]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 106)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2412

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   [12 February 1859] …
  • … his alleged adultery (see letters to W.  D. Fox, 24 June [1858] and 27 June [1858] ). Lane …

To W. D. Fox   23 May [1855]

Summary

He may insert his request for lizards’ eggs in Gardeners’ Chronicle.

His study of mongrel chicks is to ascertain whether the young of domestic breeds differ as much as their parents.

Has already sent a communication on means of distribution of plants by sea to Gardeners’ Chronicle [Collected papers 1: 255–8].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  23 May [1855]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 92)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1686

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   23 May [1855] …
  • … cough in March 1855 (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 19 March [1855] , n.  5). On 19 June, Emma …

From Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox   8 December [1863]

Summary

Thanks WDF for his letter [on steel traps].

Gives a better report of CD’s health since he gave up water-cure.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  8 Dec [1863]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 142)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4355

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Wedgwood, Emma Darwin, Emma Fox, W. D. …
  • … From Emma Darwin to W.  D.  Fox   8 December [1863] …
  • … letter from W.  D.  Fox, [16–22 May 1863] , and letters to W.  D.  Fox, 23 May [1863] , …
  • … with the letter from Emma Darwin to W.  D.  Fox, [29 September 1863] . See also letter …

To W. D. Fox   10 July 1878

Summary

Letter of condolence on reading Times report of death of WDF’s daughter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  10 July 1878
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-1-75)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11598

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   10 July 1878 …

To W. D. Fox   23 March [1842]

Summary

Letter of condolence on the death of WDF’s wife [Harriet Fletcher Fox].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  23 Mar [1842]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 57)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-624

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   23 March [1842] …

To W. D. Fox    [23 April 1829]

Summary

CD’s sister Catherine has informed him of the death of WDF’s sister [Mrs Bristowe]. CD sends sympathy to WDF and his parents, and refers to the pure and holy comfort afforded by the Bible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [23 Apr 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-63

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox    [23 April 1829] …

To W. D. Fox   [8 October 1830]

Summary

All at Shrewsbury glad to hear good news of Mrs Fox.

CD left Tuesday by coach and two days’ horseback ride to Cambridge. Goes to the Henslows’ that night.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [8 Oct 1830]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 33)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-86

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   [8 October 1830] …

To W. D. Fox   [October 1828]

Summary

Sends some stuffed birds for "Osmaston Museum" and some insects.

Home having cloyed, plans to go to Woodhouse to visit the Owens and the black-eyed houris [Sarah and Fanny] there.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [Oct 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-48

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   [October 1828] …

Mudge, F. W. (1845–53)

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Died of scarlet fever while residing with William Darwin Fox. 5 Mudge, Zachary, Fox, W. D. …

Mudge, Z. G. (1843–53)

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Died of scarlet fever while residing with William Darwin Fox. 5 Mudge, Zachary, Fox, W. D. …

To W. D. Fox   6 July [1858]

Summary

The crisis is abating – no further scarlet fever in the family.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 July [1858]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-1-73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2304

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   6 July [1858] …
  • … illness in the house (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 2 July [1858] ) and by the broad mourning …

To W. D. Fox   21 [July 1858]

Summary

After all, CD is now beginning to prepare an abstract of his species theory. Recounts the events leading to joint paper with A. R. Wallace at Linnean Society. Lyell and Hooker urge strongly that he publish a fuller abstract. It is impossible to do justice to subject in an abstract.

His sister, Marianne Parker, has died.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  21 [July 1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 118)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2312

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   21 [July 1858] …
  • … of his hydropathic establishment at Moor Park. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 24 June [1858] . …
  • W. 21 st My dear Fox As you said you would like to hear how we were going on, I write to say thatwe are all very fairly well, & after some house-hunting are settled here till next Tuesday when we go to Norfolk House Shanklin, where there is a single row of Houses on the Beach. This place has evidently sprung up like a mushroom; & there are three hotels & many villas. Years ago you took me across the isl d . & …

To W. D. Fox   25–6 October [1865]

Summary

Bad health during last six months has prevented scientific work.

News of family.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  25–6 Oct [1865]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 146)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4924

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   25–6 October [1865] …
  • … residence in Shrewsbury. See letter from W.  D.  Fox, [before 26 October 1865] . CD refers …
  • … to Charles Woodd Fox. See letter from W.  D.  Fox, [before 26 October 1865] and n.  2. …
  • Fox & all your family. I know you will wish to hear about me. I have had a bad time for the last 6 months & have been able to do no scientific work. I have put myself under D r Bence Jones’s care & he has stopped my vomiting by a scanty diet of toast & meat; but I cannot recover my strength. I know you are half a Doctor therefore I thought you w d

From William Darwin Fox   6 January [1865]

Summary

Thanks CD for his Lythrum paper [Collected papers 2: 106–31].

Tells of the birth of his 16th child. Has five grandchildren.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 183
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4741

Matches: 3 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … blessing be yours and Mrs Darwins in this new year | I am Your affec e Cousin | W.  D Fox
  • … see Correspondence vol.  12, letter to W.  D.  Fox, 30 November [1864] ). Samuel William …
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