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To a member of Downing College, Cambridge   [19 January 1837]

Summary

Declines invitation to dine at Downing College because of influenza.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [19 Jan 1837]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 142v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-342

To John Maurice Herbert   [1 January 1837]

Summary

Enjoyed the merry evening with JMH.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  [1 Jan 1837]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (General Special Collections DC AL 1/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-339

To William Whewell   [10 March 1837]

Summary

CD seeks to decline the Secretaryship [of the Geological Society] by citing his obligation to FitzRoy to write his volume of the narrative of their expedition. His youth, inexperience, and ignorance of English geology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whewell
Date:  [10 Mar 1837]
Classmark:  Trinity College, Cambridge (Add c 88: 2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-347

To W. D. Fox   [12 March 1837]

Summary

Finished going over his geological specimens at Cambridge, and is now in London.

Describes his plans for writing the journal, and later the geology and zoology of the Beagle voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [12 Mar 1837]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 51)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-348

To Charles Babbage   [14 March 1837 – 31 December 1838]

Summary

Would have had great pleasure in accepting CB’s invitation, "whether for beauty or for shells", but has another engagement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [14 Mar 1837–31 Dec 1838]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37190: 326)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-349

To the Geological Society of London   27 March 1837

Summary

Recommends David Williams’ paper on raised beaches of Devon [David Williams, "Letter … on the raised beaches of Barnstaple", Trans. Geol. Soc. Lond. 2d ser. 5 (1840): 287–8] be shortened and published immediately after Sedgwick’s and Murchison’s paper ["Description of a raised beach in Barnstaple", ibid., pp. 279–86] as chief point of paper is to support their conclusions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  27 Mar 1837
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/COM/P/4/2/216)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-352

To J. S. Henslow   28 March [1837]

Summary

Publication plans for the account of the Beagle expedition – CD to have the third volume for his journal.

News of naturalists and their interest in his specimens. Queries about plant specimens, including one on whether seeds from Keeling Island would endure salt water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  28 Mar [1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 34 DAR/1/1/34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-353

To J. S. Henslow   18 [May 1837]

Summary

Plans to apply to Government for assistance with publishing Zoology.

Robert Brown has taken an interest in the fossil woods.

CD is at work on his journal. Has not begun his geology yet. Has seen much of Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  18 [May 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 35 DAR/1/1/35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-355

To J. S. Henslow   [28 May 1837]

Summary

CD to read paper on formation of coral islands at Geological Society. Lyell seems prepared to give up [his view].

Publication of the Narrative is now definite. Feels he should have published journal after the geology and zoology of the voyage.

Robert Brown, as well as JSH, is interested in edible fungi from Tierra del Fuego.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [28 May 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 36 DAR/1/1/36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-356

To John Lort Stokes   [after 31 May 1837]

Summary

Asks JLS: "Are there masses of coral or beds of shells some yards above high water mark, on the coast fronting the barrier reef?" [In reference to JLS’s proposed exploration of Australian coasts and rivers.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lort Stokes
Date:  [after 31 May 1837]
Classmark:  Stokes 1846, 1: 331
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-356F

To Charles Babbage   [June–September 1837]

Summary

At Lyell’s request sends his copy of Whewell’s History of inductive sciences [1837] to CB.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [June – Sept 1837]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37190: 322)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-358

To William Buckland   [15 June 1837]

Summary

Describes the two species of lizard [Amblyrhynchus] found in the Galapagos Archipelago.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Buckland
Date:  [15 June 1837]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-359

To Francis Beaufort   16 June 1837

Summary

CD wants to request the assistance of Government to support the expense of the numerous engravings necessary for the publication of the results of the extensive collections in various departments of Natural History during the Beagle voyage. To what quarter should he apply?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Beaufort
Date:  16 June 1837
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-360A

To William Whewell   18 June [1837]

Summary

Asks Whewell questions on earthquake wave action.

Thanks him for signature [to CD’s request to Chancellor of the Exchequer for funds for Zoology].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whewell
Date:  18 June [1837]
Classmark:  Trinity College, Cambridge (Add c 88: 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-361

To J. S. Henslow   [20 June 1837]

Summary

Upon the advice of Captain Beaufort and with embarrassment to himself CD asks JSH whether he would be perfectly willing personally to take the letter requesting government assistance directly to Thomas Spring Rice [Chancellor of the Exchequer].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [20 June 1837]
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-361A

To F. W. Hope   [21 June 1837]

Summary

Discusses insect specimens he left with FWH. Asks if he may state on FWH’s authority that a third or a half of the specimens from Sydney and Hobart Town are undescribed – a striking fact, showing imperfect knowledge of the insects in the close neighbourhood of the two Australian capitals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederick William Hope
Date:  [21 June 1837]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum (Hope Entomological collections)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-362

To W. D. Fox   7 July [1837]

Summary

Has finished the Journal; is readying it for the press.

Adds family news including Caroline’s forthcoming marriage to Josiah Wedgwood III.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  7 July [1837]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 52)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-364

To J. S. Henslow   [12 or 13 July 1837]

Summary

Has been "cramming up learning to ornament my journal with".

Sends a list of questions on his botanical specimens. Needs answers for Journal of researches, which he expects to go to press in August.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [12 or 13 July 1837]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 37 DAR/1/1/37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-366

To John Richardson   [24 July 1837]

Summary

Questions about woods in cold, northern climates; about JR’s reference to frozen sandstone; about how far out from the shore the sea may become frozen.

His petition for assistance from the government is in statu quo; he is working at his Journal [of researches].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Richardson
Date:  [24 July 1837]
Classmark:  Scott Polar Research Institute (MS 1503/16/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-366F

To Charles Lyell   30 July 1837

Summary

Galapagos land birds and reptiles.

No two naturalists agree on any fundamental idea [of species]. "Everything is arbitrary."

Has been with Richard Owen going over the S. American fossils.

Has worked out the non-relation between animals’ bulk and luxuriance of vegetation.

The horse once common on the Pampas. The mystery of the extinction of these animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  30 July 1837
Classmark:  The University of Edinburgh Centre for Research Collections (Lyell Collection Coll-203/A1/69: 140–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-367
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