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To Charles Babbage   [1839 – August 1842]

Summary

Is so unwell today that he is unable to come [to CB’s party].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [1839 – Aug 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add 37191: 297)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-476

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To Charles Babbage   [1838]

Summary

CD is much obliged for invitations to CB’s parties, but is afraid to accept because he would meet people to whom he has sworn he never goes out.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [1838]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37191: 81)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-351

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To Charles Babbage   [October 1839 – August 1842]

Summary

Regrets he cannot accept invitation. "My health will not at present stand going out in the evenings."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [Oct 1839– Aug 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37191: 296)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-474

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To Charles Babbage   [21 January 1838]

Summary

Asks Babbage to take small parcel to Henslow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [21 Jan 1838]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37190: 320)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-357

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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

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To Charles Babbage   26 May [1840]

Summary

Asks if he can bring his guests, J. C. L. and Mme [Simonde de] Sismondi and [Fanny] Allen, to CB’s parties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  26 May [1840]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37191: 294–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-570

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To Charles Babbage   [February 1839 – August 1842]

Summary

Asks permission to bring Fanny Allen to CB’s party.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [Feb 1839 – Aug 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37191: 298)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-470

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To Charles Babbage   19 [February 1839 – August 1842]

Summary

Asks to be allowed to bring his sister to CB’s party "that she may see the World".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  19 [Feb 1839 - Aug 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37191: 299)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-479

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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

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Babbage, Charles. 1832. On the economy of machinery and manufactures. London.

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  • Babbage, Charles. 1832. On the economy of machinery and manufactures. London. 1 …

Babbage, Charles. 1837. The ninth Bridgewater treatise. A fragment. London.

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  • Babbage, Charles. 1837. The ninth Bridgewater treatise. A fragment. London. RB N.19.57 2,8 …

Babbage, Charles. 1829. A letter to the Right Hon. T. P. Courtenay, on the proportionate number of births of the two sexes under different circumstances. Edinburgh Journal of Science n.s. 1 (1829): 85–104.

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  • Babbage, Charles. 1829. A letter to the Right Hon. T. P. Courtenay, on the proportionate …

To Thomas Spring Rice   [before 7 July 1838]

Summary

Express their concern that the offer for sale to the British Museum, by G. A. Mantell and Thomas Hawkins, of two valuable collections, has been declined.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; William Buckland; Adam Sedgwick; John Phillips; William Whewell; Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st baronet; Charles Lyell, 1st baronet; Charles Stokes; William John Hamilton; Edward Stanley; Richard Owen; William Clift; Charles Babbage; John Bostock; Peter Mark Roget; John Taylor; Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2d Marquess of Northampton; William John Broderip
Addressee:  Thomas Spring Rice
Date:  [before 7 July 1838]
Classmark:  House of Commons papers; accounts and papers, 1837/38, XXXVI, 307
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-421F

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  • … Edward Owen, Richard Clift, William Babbage, Charles Bostock, John Roget, P. M. Taylor, …
  • … Stanley Richard Owen William Clift Charles Babbage John Bostock Peter Mark Roget John …
  • … Conservator of the Museum, ditto. Charles Babbage. J.  Bostock , M.D. , F.R.S. , and …

From Henry Holland to Erasmus Alvey Darwin   24 February [1869]

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Summary

References to works on probability;

statistics on proportion of sexes in births in England and Wales.

Author:  Henry Holland
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 86: A79–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6632

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  • … Bibliography Babbage, Charles. 1829. A letter to the Right Hon. T. P. Courtenay, on the …
  • … may refer to Quetelet 1835 . CD refers to Charles Babbage and Babbage 1829 . CD cited this …

To Caroline Darwin   27 February 1837

Summary

Has just given a paper [on "Sand tubes"] at Cambridge Philosophical Society and exhibited some specimens. It went well, with Whewell and Sedgwick taking an active part.

Herschel thinks 6000–odd years since the creation not nearly long enough to explain the separations from a single stock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Date:  27 Feb 1837
Classmark:  DAR 154: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-346

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  • … Bibliography Babbage, Charles. 1837. The ninth Bridgewater treatise. A fragment. London. …
  • … of the brilliant company at one of Charles Babbage’s parties, see Ticknor 1876 , 2: 178. …

Babbage, Charles (1791–1871)

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  • Charles Babbage 1791–1871 Mathematician and pioneer in the design of mechanical computers. …

To Baden Powell   18 January [1860]

Summary

To avoid possible misundertanding of his letter [2654] of that morning, CD wishes to make clear that he did not wish to imply that BP’s essay and the Vestiges of creation were in the same class. The more he thinks of it the more difficult he feels it would be to give a fair account of the authors who have maintained the modification of species. CD finds that he referred to BP’s views in the preface to his larger work [Natural selection], which was replaced by the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Baden Powell
Date:  18 Jan [1860]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2655

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  • … Bibliography Babbage, Charles. 1837. The ninth Bridgewater treatise. A fragment. London. [ …
  • Charles Lyell, 21 June [1859] ). CD included Haldeman among those who had previously discussed the species question in the ‘historical sketch’ prepared as a preface for the American edition of Origin . See Appendix IV. CD refers to the manuscript on species that he wrote between 1856 and 1858 ( Natural selection ), from which Origin was largely compiled. The preface has not been preserved. The quotation is taken from Powell 1855 , p.  359. John Frederick William Herschel’s remark was printed in Babbage  …

From Susan Darwin   15[–18] August 1832

Summary

News of family and friends.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15[–18] Aug 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-180

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  • … Cambridge University Press. 1922–54. Babbage, Charles. 1832. On the economy of machinery …

To William Whewell   16 April [1839]

Summary

Thanks WW for wedding gift.

Expresses admiration for his History of the inductive sciences [1837].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whewell
Date:  16 Apr [1839]
Classmark:  Trinity College, Cambridge (Add c 88: 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-506

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  • … a copy of the work in 1837 (see letter to Charles Babbage, [June–September 1837] ). …

From J. M. Herbert   [28 March] 1834

Summary

A letter full of news of Cambridge and friends: the BAAS meeting at Cambridge; charges of corruption in the University; the Cambridge petition on behalf of Dissenters.

Author:  John Maurice Herbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Mar] 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-240

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  • … John Stevens Henslow, Adam Sedgwick, Charles Babbage, and George Peacock. A copy, made by …
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