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To Robert Hutton   [1847 – 12 November 1848]


Tells RH that he has secured an introduction to Lady Elizabeth Finch through a friend of his father’s. Thanks RH for his efforts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Hutton
Date:  [1847 – 12 Nov 1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.67)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1040

To Josiah Wedgwood III   [20? August 1847]



Discusses the buying and selling of certain railway shares.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III
Date:  [20? Aug 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1042

To Josiah Wedgwood III   [22 June – 10 August 1847]



Wants JW’s permission to carry out certain investments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III
Date:  [22 June – 10 Aug 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1043

To Richard Owen   [1847?]


Asks to meet RO to get his opinion on zoological points.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [1847?]
Classmark:  Yale University Medical Historical Library, Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library (MMS)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1044



Cancelled: same as 1109. Will send carrier to collect the books [volumes of Trans Agric. & Hortic. Soc. India].

Author:  John Forbes Royle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [early 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 399
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1046

To J. F. Royle   [16 April – 21 May 1847]


CD understands that JFR cannot lend him the volumes [of Trans. Agric. & Hortic. Soc. India] at present. Thanks for offer to inform him of other works on the breeds of animals in India.

CD fears his belonging to the new club [Philosophical Club of the Royal Society] would be useless, since he is seldom able to dine out.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Forbes Royle
Date:  [16 Apr – 21 May 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 400
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1047

To Leonard Horner   [January 1847]


Responds to LH’s comments on South America.

Discusses inclination of lava stream.

Sketches in second edition of Journal of researches more accurate than in first.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Horner
Date:  [Jan 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 145: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1048



Cancelled: same as 1083. Discusses manuscript by DS on slaty cleavage. Thinks of cleavage analogous to his own explanation of laminated lava.

Author:  Daniel Sharpe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Jan 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 473
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1049

To William Benjamin Carpenter   [January? 1847]


Arranges to meet with WBC to get his advice about buying a microscope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Benjamin Carpenter
Date:  [Jan? 1847]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.55)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1050

To J. L. Stokes   2 January [1847]


Thanks for sending his "magnificent book" [Discoveries in Australia (1846)].

Asks JLS to visit Down on "Saturday the 16th" and Sunday. He has also invited Forbes, Falconer, Hooker and Waterhouse. [See 1036.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lort Stokes
Date:  2 Jan [1847]
Classmark:  University of Akron (Herman Muehlstein Rare Book Collection: tipped into a copy of Origin 1st ed. (QH365 .O2 1859))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1050A

To Charles Lyell   [23 January 1847]


Asks CL to address a letter to Charles Maclaren.

Discusses recent publication by David Milne on erratic boulders [Edinburgh New Philos. J. 42 (1847): 154–172].

Views of Bernhard Studer on foliation of gneiss in the Alps. Asks CL to tell Leonard Horner of Studer’s views.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [23 Jan 1847]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.65)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1051

To Daniel Sharpe   [19 January 1847]


Comments on letter by Bernhard Studer ["Remarks on the geological relations of the gneiss of the Alps", Edinburgh New Philos. J. 42 (1846–7): 186] and on article by DS ["On slaty cleavage", J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1847): 74–105]. Discusses geological cleavage and foliation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Sharpe
Date:  [19 Jan 1847]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 42240: 21–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1052

To Charles Lyell   [on or before 20 January 1847]


Quotes from South America [p. 167] on the foliation of metamorphic rocks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [on or before 20 Jan 1847]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.57)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1053

To Bernhard Studer   20 January [1847]


Much interested in BS’s letter on gneiss ["Remarks on the geological relations of the gneiss of the Alps", Edinburgh New Philos. J. 42 (1847): 186–7].

Sends copy of South America.

Has shown that lamination of metamorphic schists closely allied with cleavage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bernhard Studer
Date:  20 Jan [1847]
Classmark:  Burgerbibliothek Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1054

To Charles Lyell   [24 January 1847]


Comments on investigation of coral reefs by A. A. Gould, particularly the reefs around Tahiti. Mentions description of reefs of Tahiti by W. Forbes.

Hooker’s view of work by C. J. F. Bunbury.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [24 Jan 1847]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1056

To J. D. Hooker   [17 February 1847]



Asks JDH not to think of looking at his species sketch until he has leisure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [17 Feb 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1057

To J. D. Hooker   8 [February 1847]



Cirripede observations.

Would like to hear what JDH has to say about his species sketch.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 [Feb 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1058

To Ernst Dieffenbach   9 February [1847]


On the results of Robert Bunsen’s journey to Iceland, which he compares in detail with his own research.

"I have for the present given up Geology, & am hard at work at pure Zoology & am dissecting various genera of cirripedes, & am extremely interested in the subject." "I always, however, keep on reading & observing on my favourite work on Variation or on Species, & shall in a year’s time or so, commence & get my notes in order."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Dieffenbach
Date:  9 Feb [1847]
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealers) (Catalogue 574 11–13 November 1965)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1059

To Charles Nichols, Geological Society   10 February [1847]


Encloses 12s for the year.

Anxious for February number of the Journal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Nichols
Date:  10 Feb [1847]
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/10/36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1060

To Richard Owen   12 February [1847]


F. J. Muñiz has offered fossil bones collected around Buenos Aires to the Royal College of Surgeons. He believes he can complete their Megatherium skeleton and provide other specimens. CD feels he should be encouraged in his work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  12 Feb [1847]
Classmark:  The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS-MUS/3/3/9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1061
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