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To J. D. Hooker   24 December [1862]



Thanks for Dawson’s letter. Doubts his evidence that climate of land was not glacial when upheaved after submergence.

Encloses memorandum of questions for C. V. Naudin.

Expression of the emotions.

Is building a hothouse for plant experimenting.

JDH’s ideas on America are more atrocious than his. What a new idea that struggle for existence is necessary to try to purge a government! Probably true. Slavery draws him one way one day, another the next. Yankees are "detestable toward us". Tocqueville.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 Dec [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3875

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  • letters from J.  D.  Hooker, [23 March 1862] , [15 and] 20 November [1862] , and 26 November 1862 ). See letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [21 December 1862] . CD read Tocqueville 1836  in February 1849 (see Correspondence vol.  4, Appendix IV, 119: 22b). William Henslow Hooker . See letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [21 December 1862] . Emma and William Erasmus Darwin . …

From W. E. Darwin   21 August [1863]


Has signed and forwarded some orders.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Aug [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4271

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To Emma Gärtner   9 June [1860]


Has long venerated her father [Carl F. von Gärtner]. Looks forward to reading his life. CD will do everything he can to make Gärtner’s name more generally known.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Gärtner
Date:  9 June [1860]
Classmark:  Duke University, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RL.10387)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2827

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  • letter to Emma Gärtner, 14 July [1860] . CD studied Gärtner’s works on hybridisation very closely during the 1850s. His annotated copies of Gärtner 1844  and 1849 are in the Darwin

To W. D. Fox   [17 January 1850]


Account of the birth of Leonard Darwin, during which he administered the chloroform to Emma.

Continues the water-cure.

Has begun work on fossil cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [17 Jan 1850]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 75)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1292

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  • letter to J.  D. Hooker, 10 May 1848 , and letter to Francis Boott, 20 August 1848 ) suggesting that it had been employed during the birth of Francis Darwin , 16 August 1848. It would have been applied to a pad held over the nose. Emma Darwin’s diary records that ‘Mr Fox’ came on 2 November 1849. …

From W. D. Fox   25 October [1872]



Has not seen CD for about 25 years. Has heard an absurd story that CD and Emma are exploring an unknown part of America.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 196
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8577

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  • letter to Fox was that of 16 July 1872. Sandown is a seaside town on the south-east coast of the Isle of Wight. Fox lived in Northwich, Cheshire, where he was vicar of Delamere until his retirement in 1873. From 1873, Sandown was his permanent home. According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), Fox visited Down on 2 November 1849, …

To Adam Sedgwick   24 August [1859]


Sorry to hear of AS’s poor health.

Would like to attend Aberdeen meeting [BAAS, 1859] but is unfit for so great an exertion. Has been told he has "suppressed gout".

Pleased that AS remembers their 1831 geological trip, which made CD appreciate the noble science of geology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adam Sedgwick
Date:  24 Aug [1859]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2482

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  • Emma Darwin hoped Sedgwick would consider. Sedgwick suffered particularly poor health during the summer of 1858 and throughout 1859. See Clark and Hughes eds. 1890, 2: 339. Sedgwick was vice-president of the geology section of the British Association meeting at Aberdeen. The meeting, held from 14 to 21 September 1859, was of particular significance because Prince Albert was president of the association that year. CD did not attend. Henry Holland first offered this diagnosis of CD’s illness in 1849 (see Correspondence , vol.  4, letter
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