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To William Darwin Fox   14 January [1858]

Summary

Asks to borrow W. C. Hewitson’s book [British oology, 2 vols. (1831–44)].

CD is searching for reliable information on slight variations in the degree of perfection of nests of the same species of birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  14 Jan [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 108)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2202

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … this particular example. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 31 January [1858] . Fox had long been …
  • … in nidification (see Correspondence vol.  1, letter from W.  D. Fox, 30 June 1832 ). …
  • … 1858. Hewitson 1831–44 . See letter to W.  D. Fox, 31 January [1858] . Leroy 1802 , pp.   …

From William Darwin Fox   3 February [1868]

Summary

Congratulates [G. H. Darwin] on being Second Wrangler.

Thanks CD for Variation.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 186
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5837

Matches: 2 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … congratulations upon her Sons success— Ever dear Darwin | Yours affect ly W D Fox

To W. D. Fox   [17 May 1862]

Summary

Thanks WDF for interesting letter about turkeys. Would be grateful for information on fertility of the hybrids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [17 May 1862]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 133)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3555

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   [17 May 1862] …
  • … crosses between wild and domestic turkeys in the letter to W.  D. Fox, 12 May [1862]. …

To W. D. Fox   14 August [1875]

Summary

Can WDF recall the sex of the deaf white cats.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  14 Aug [1875]
Classmark:  Nate D. Sanders Auctions (dealer) (29 August 2019, lot 37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10121F

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W. D. Fox   14 August [1875] …

To W. D. Fox   12 December [1868]

Summary

Thanks WDF for information about sheep and cattle.

Mentions corrections for new edition of Origin [5th ed. (1869)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  12 Dec [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.357)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6500

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   12 December [1868] …
  • … the letter from W.  D.  Fox, 9 December [1868] . See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 9 December [ …

To W. D. Fox   10 April [1859]

Summary

Sympathises with family on death of WDF’s mother [Anne Fox née Darwin].

Sends details of fees at Moor Park hydropathic establishment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  10 Apr [1859]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 121)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2451

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   10 April [1859] …
  • … House MS)). Fox visited CD at Moor Park in April 1858 (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 8 May [ …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  1, letter to W.  D. Fox, [October 1828] ). Edward Wickstead Lane …

Fox, H. F. (1799–1842)

Matches: 2 hits

  • … pedigrees , by Richard Broke Freeman. London: printed for the author. 1984. ] Fox, W. D. …
  • … Harriet Fletcher Fox 1799–1842 Married W. D. Fox, 1834. Darwin pedigree Bibliography …

To W. D. Fox   26 May [1876]

Summary

Caroline [Wedgwood] has been ill for the last 20 months.

James Paget to be consulted about William Darwin’s brain concussion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  26 May [1876]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-1-11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10515

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   26 May [1876] …
  • … 1846 (see Correspondence vol. 3, letter to W. D. Fox, [before 3 October 1846] and n. 5). …
  • … see Correspondence vol. 23, letter from W. D. Fox, 16 July [1875] , and Appendix II). Fox’ …

To W. D. Fox   [May 1850]

Summary

Details of his continuing water-cure regimen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [May 1850]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 76)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1323

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   [May 1850] …
  • … See CD’s reference to Fox’s ‘Noah’s Ark’ in his letter to W.  D. Fox, 10 October [1850] . …
  • … and a shallow bath. See also letter to W.  D. Fox, 4 September [1850] , n.  2. CD’s Health …

To W. D. Fox   20 October [1856]

Summary

Has taken birds with seeds in crops to Zoological Society and fed them to eagles and owls. Pellets with seeds in perfect condition were "thrown up" in 18 and 16 hours, showing an effective means of distribution.

Asks WDF to write to his nephew in Jamaica to try experiments with floating lizards’ and snakes’ eggs in sea-water, to see if they survive.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  20 Oct [1856]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 99)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1978

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   20 October [1856] …
  • … See Correspondence vol.  5, letters to W.  D. Fox, 17 May [1855] and 23 May [1855] . …
  • … Darwin being 11 years old. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 3 October [1856] . Emma Darwin was …
  • … the Clapham Grammar School. See also letter to W.  D. Fox, 3 October [1856] . James …
  • w d . think the experiment too foolish. My dear old friend, no one can more sincerely wish for your recovery than I do. — With our very kind remembrances to M rs . Fox | …
  • Fox’s at Christ’s College, Cambridge, 1825–33 ( Alum. Cantab . ). See letter to J.  D. Hooker, [19 October 1856] . The description of the experiment with owls’ pellets is given in CD’s Experimental book, p.  15 (DAR 157a): ‘Oct 19 th Planted pellet from Snowy owl, charged with seeds. planted pellet whole— 16 1 4 in stomach. Such seeds w d

From Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox   [6 May 1864]

Summary

CD has been so ill they must discourage visit by WDF. Recovering slowly with new treatment.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [6 May 1864]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 143)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4487

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Wedgwood, Emma Darwin, Emma Fox, W. D. …
  • … From Emma Darwin to W.  D.  Fox   [6 May 1864] …
  • … Correspondence vol.  4, letter to W.  D.  Fox, [May 1850] , and Colp 1977 ). Ellen Sophia …
  • … See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 5 [May 1864]. The Darwin family spent from 3 September to 12  …
  • … Correspondence vol.  11, letter from W.  D.  Fox, [11 February 1863] ). On the course of …
  • Fox I wish we could have accepted your kind proposal of coming here but I must tell you how ill Charles has been since we were at Malvern. He has had almost daily vomiting for 6 months & it was becoming a great anxiety that it should be stopped. About 3 weeks ago D r Jenner saw him for the 2 nd time & he has succeeded in stopping the vomiting & he has been 3 weeks free from it, but I am afraid of the least exertion bringing it on till his stomach has more recovered its strength. You know that the pleasure of seeing & talking with you w d

To W. D. Fox   22 February [1857]

Summary

Helix pomatia is quite healthy after 20 days’ submersion in salt water.

On peas, the evidence is on WDF’s side, but CD cannot see how they can avoid being crossed.

He is working hard, wishes he "could set less value on the bauble fame"; would work as hard, but with less gusto, if he knew his book would be published forever anonymously.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  22 Feb [1857]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 101–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2057

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   22 February [1857] …
  • … that my Book w d be published for ever anonymously Farewell, my dear Fox | Ever yours | …
  • … 1857 ( Darwin pedigree ). See letter to W.  D. Fox, 20 October [1856] . CD had first …
  • … 1855 ( Correspondence vol.  5, letters to W.  D. Fox, 17 May [1855] and 23 May [1855] ). …

From W. D. Fox   16 August [1875]

Summary

Discusses deafness in white cats. Every blue-eyed, white cat WDF has known has been deaf.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Aug [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 188
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6319

Matches: 5 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   16 August [1875] …
  • … great delight of my children. Ever yours W D Fox After writing the above I asked my wife & …
  • … between this letter and the letter to W. D. Fox, 14 August [1875] ( Correspondence vol. …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  6, letter to W.  D.  Fox, 8 [June 1856] ). The first two chapters …

From W. D. Fox   3 March [1879]

Summary

Sends family news;

describes what remains of his "menagerie" and tells of his interest in the framework of his son’s German badger-hound.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 172–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11913

Matches: 2 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   3 March [1879] …

From W. D. Fox   21 February [1871]

Summary

Thanks CD for copy of Descent.

Notes the death of Frank Parker [CD’s nephew].

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 193
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7505

Matches: 4 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   21 February [1871] …
  • … how you are and also how M rs Wedgewood is. Ever Dear Darwin | Yours affec ly | W.  D Fox
  • … Correspondence vol.  18, letter from W.  D.  Fox, 15 February [1870]). Ellen Sophia Fox. …

To W. D. Fox   18 May [1860]

Summary

Attacks [on Origin] are "hot and heavy". Adam Sedgwick and William Clark at Cambridge Philosophical Society opened a battery. J. S. Henslow defended in grand style.

Slow progress on bigger book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  18 May [1860]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 128)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2809

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   18 May [1860] …
  • … See letter to W.  D.  Fox, 22 [March 1860]. Henrietta Emma Darwin had been diagnosed as …
  • … new dietary regimen, see the letter to W.  D.  Fox, 22 [March 1860]. See letter from J.   …

From W. D. Fox to G. H. Darwin   15 April [1879]

Summary

Fears he cannot give much information for CD’s book [Erasmus Darwin]. Recounts how his mother’s health was improved by Erasmus Darwin’s treatment. Remembers being attacked as a boy by an angry lady whose beautiful teeth were extracted by Dr Darwin "to cure some nervous spasms".

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  15 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 175–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11995

Matches: 2 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, G. H. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox to G.  H.  Darwin   15 April [1879] …

To W. D. Fox   14 October [1855]

Summary

CD now has a sufficiently large collection of [skeletons of] chickens to be able to tell how far the young differ proportionally from the old.

He goes on accumulating facts; what he will do with them "remains to be seen".

Attended Glasgow BAAS meeting. "Duke of Argyll spoke excellently" [Rep. BAAS (1855): lxiii–lxxxvi].

Lists his pigeon collection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  14 Oct [1855]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 96)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1766

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   14 October [1855] …
  • … enthusiast. See Correspondence vol.  1, letter to W.  D. Fox, 12 [June 1828], n.  3. …
  • … of Osmaston Hall, the home of Fox’s parents. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 22 August [1855] , …
  • … by the relationship to the letter to W.  D. Fox, 22 August [1855] , in which CD mentioned …

To W. D. Fox   4 November 1868

Summary

Much interested in WDF’s letter on inheritance and courtship of birds. CD "in a great muddle" on many points.

Asks for further information on proportion of sexes in sheep.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  4 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 150)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6447

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   4 November 1868 …
  • … See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 29 October [1868] . CD and Fox were both students at …
  • … Correspondence vol.  1). See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 29 October [1868] . CD stayed in …
  • … vol.  16, Appendix II)). See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 29 October [1868] . William Bernhard …
  • … February 1868] and n.  5. See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 29 October [1868] . The swan goose …
  • Fox It was very good of you to write to me fully about your health. I grieve to hear that you suffer from so much pain; but I remember that in old times you bore pain well, & that is very hard to do. Although you make such fun of your D rs , your case seems to be very mysterious, & I wish I c d think that the one who says nothing is the matter with you was at all near the truth. — In y r travels southward is there any chance of your being able to pay us a visit, for this w d

To W. D. Fox    7 June [1829]

Summary

Has shipped a portmanteau and box of WDF’s things. Lists bills paid from funds sent.

"My success has been very splendid in the science" [entomology].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  7 June [1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-66

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox    7 June [1829] …
  • … of the sheet. A mistake for £2 7 s . 10 d . (see letter to W.  D.  Fox, [18 May 1829] ). …
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