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To Lucy Caroline Wedgwood   [before 25 September 1866]


Asks her to see whether the flowers or leaves of Erica massoni are noted as glutinous in the Botanical Magazine.

Inquires about the pods of peony: are they brilliantly coloured and do birds eat them?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Lucy Caroline Wedgwood; Lucy Caroline Harrison
Date:  [before 25 Sept 1866]
Classmark:  CUL (Add 4251: 336)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5203

Matches: 2 hits

  • … To Lucy Caroline Wedgwood   [before 25 September 1866] …
  • … Robert Darwin unstated [before 25 Sept 1866] Lucy Caroline Wedgwood/Lucy Caroline Harrison …

From L. C. Wedgwood   [22 September 1866]



Quotes Botanical Magazine on Erica massoni. Its branches terminate in large umbels of flowers that are extremely viscous and entrap insects.

Author:  Lucy Caroline Wedgwood; Lucy Caroline Harrison
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [22 Sept 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 134
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9200

Matches: 1 hit

  • … DAR 58.1: 134 Lucy Caroline Wedgwood/Lucy Caroline Harrison Leith Hill Place [22 Sept …

From E. A. Darwin   4 October [1866]


Would CD like to have Susan’s Indian chessmen?

EAD should settle something about the house but has no power without consent of all parties.

Caroline looks worn – it has been a most painful time.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B44–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5230

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 15, letter from Salt & Sons, 17 July 1867 ). Caroline Sarah Wedgwood, CD’s eldest sister. …
  • … children, Erasmus, CD, and Caroline Sarah Wedgwood, agreed to sell the house after Susan’s …

To W. D. Fox   24 August [1866]


Family news. Describes [final] illness of Susan Darwin [d. 3 Oct 1866]. CD’s health better.

Making rapid progress on Variation.

Has heard of hybrids between moths mentioned by WDF.

Work on [4th] edition of Origin has delayed Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  24 Aug [1866]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5197

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Sophy, Margaret Susan, and Lucy Caroline Wedgwood ( Freeman 1978 , s.v. Josiah Wedgwood …
  • … Darwin, was seriously ill. The reference is to Caroline Sarah Wedgwood. Her daughters …

From Emily Catherine Langton to Emma and Charles Darwin   [6 and 7? January 1866]


CL is aware that she is dying and so says her farewells.

Author:  Emily Caroline (Lena) Langton
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin; Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6 and 7? Jan 1866]
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 202)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4968

Matches: 1 hit

  • … V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 202) Emily Caroline (Lena) Langton unstated [6 and 7? …

From E. A. Darwin   7 October [1866]


Disposal of Susan’s effects.

Frank and Henry [Parker] are executors.

EAD is bringing away a large packet of CD’s letters from abroad.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B46–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5233

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 2, below. The references are to Caroline Sarah Wedgwood and Susan Elizabeth Darwin. Susan …
  • Caroline had four daughters, one of whom died in infancy (see Freeman 1978 , s.v. Josiah Wedgwood

From William Darwin Fox   20 August [1866]


Is looking for CD’s book [Variation]; does not know whether it is yet published.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Aug [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5195

Matches: 1 hit

  • … sterile hybrids are produced. Caroline Sarah Wedgwood. Fox had four surviving children …

To Fritz Müller   25 September [1866]


Fertilisation in orchids: Friedrich Hildebrand’s paper.


Climbing plants.

Agassiz’s attempts to eliminate all Darwinian views.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  25 Sept [1866]
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5216

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  • … CD probably refers to his niece Lucy Caroline Wedgwood (see letter to L.  C.  Wedgwood, [ …

From J. D. Hooker   [12 December 1866]



Plants arrived.

Delightful dinner at Lyell’s.

Will be interested in seeds passed through a fowl.

Wedgwood medallions were bought by a Miss W. [Sophy Wedgwood] of Leith Hill.

Lubbock’s account of a new centipede at Linnean Society gave rise to lively discussion by Busk and Huxley.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [12 Dec 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 118–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5302

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  • … 1866] and nn.  5–7). CD’s sister, Caroline Sarah Wedgwood, lived at Leith Hill Place near …

From J. D. Hooker   [22 November 1866]



His views on the Eyre controversy.

Went to Shrewsbury (for sale of Susan’s effects), hoping to buy some Wedgwood medallions, but they had been bought.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [22 Nov 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 112–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5283

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  • … later discovered that CD’s sister Caroline Sarah Wedgwood had bought the items mentioned ( …

From E. A. Darwin   11 October [1866]


Disposal of Susan’s effects. Legacies to CD’s children. EAD has taken the letters and papers and asked Henry [Parker] to forward the George Richmond pictures of CD and Emma.

Caroline looks "miserably ill".

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B48–51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5238

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  • … bequeathed a silver soup tureen to Caroline Sarah Wedgwood. No other tureen is mentioned …

From E. A. Darwin   19 February [1866]


Division of Catherine’s estate.

Arrangements for EAD’s will.

Wishes CD would pay him another visit.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B40–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5010

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  • … Erasmus’s two surviving sisters. Caroline Sarah Wedgwood, CD and Erasmus’s elder surviving …

From J. D. Hooker   3 November 1866



Left strict orders about Euryale seeds but "labour, difficulty and expense of getting anything done scientifically by practical men is untold".

The E. J. Eyre controversy [Jamaica uprising]. Odd that Huxley joins the "persecution fund". The principles involved are fiddlesticks.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Nov 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 110–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5266

Matches: 1 hit

  • … and Henry Allen Wedgwood had three daughters, Louisa Frances, Caroline, and Anne Jane ( …

To J. D. Hooker   31 May [1866]



Comments on JDH’s list – very good, but Orchids and Primula paper have too indirect a bearing to be worth mentioning. The Eozoon is a very important fact and to a much lesser degree the Archaeopteryx. Müller’s Für Darwin [1864] perhaps the most important contribution.

CD has forgotten to mention Bates on variation and JDH’s Arctic paper ["Distribution of Arctic plants", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 23 (1862): 251–348] in new edition of Origin.

Now finds that Owen claims to be originator of natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  31 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 290
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5106

Matches: 1 hit

  • … the home of his sister Caroline and his brother-in-law Josiah Wedgwood III, on 29 May; he …
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