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To W. D. Fox   [25 January 1841]

Summary

Birds has gone to the printer.

Continues "to collect all kinds of facts about ""varieties and species"" " for his "some-day work".

Would be grateful for descriptions of offspring of crossbred domestic animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [25 Jan 1841]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 59)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-586

To G. R. Gray   [February 1841]

Summary

In a revise [of Birds] CD has altered "Colaptes Chilensis Vigors" to "Chrysoptilus Chilensis G. R. Gray". Is that right?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [Feb 1841]
Classmark:  British Library (Egerton MS 2348: 239)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-587

To G. R. Gray   [February–March 1841]

Summary

Sends proof of index of final number of Birds for checking.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [Feb–Mar 1841]
Classmark:  British Library (Egerton MS 2348: 240)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-589

From G. E. Bearpark   12 February 1841

Summary

Requesting information about membership of the Geological Society of London.

Author:  George Edmundson Bearpark
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1841
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/6/126)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-587F

To Charles Lyell   [21 February – 4 April 1841]

Summary

Answers a number of queries from Lyell concerning geography and geology of Chiloé Island and its relationship to the Cordilleras.

Asks about "perched rocks" on Jura and notes their relevance to Louis Agassiz’s theory. Discusses Agassiz’s view on Jura.

Mentions seeing Robert Brown.

Notes R. I. Murchison’s discovery of shells in central England.

Weakness of negative evidence.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [21 Feb – 4 Apr 1841]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-590

To M. J. Berkeley   [March 1841]

Summary

Looks forward to the paper on CD’s edible fungus specimen from Tierra del Fuego [read 16 Mar 1841; Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 19 (1845): 37–43].

Sends a correction: Fagus betuloides, not F. antarctica, is the common tree of Tierra del Fuego.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  [Mar 1841]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/47)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-591

To Charles Lyell   [March 1841]

Summary

Discusses the role of ice in determining the geological features of the Jura. Mentions view of Agassiz. Objects to idea of "a [sea of ice] carrying rocks". Notes Agassiz’s earlier view of "ice expanded in the line of the Great Swiss Valley". Comments on Pentlands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [Mar 1841]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.27)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-592

To Louis Agassiz   1 March [1841]

Summary

Has enjoyed reading LA’s book [Études sur les glaciers (1840)].

Hopes LA will pardon manner in which CD has alluded to his work on glaciers in his Journal of researches, of which he sends a copy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Louis Rodolphe (Louis) Agassiz
Date:  1 Mar [1841]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Am 1419: 280)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-593

To Charles Lyell   [9 March 1841]

Summary

Defends his theory [in "Parallel roads of Glen Roy" (1839), Collected papers 1: 87–137] against the view that the "roads" were formed by glacial action.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [9 Mar 1841]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-594

To Charles Lyell   [12 March 1841]

Summary

Discusses at length Louis Agassiz’s book [Études sur les glaciers (1840)] and Agassiz’s explanation of moraines. Defends his own theory of the importance of floating ice. Relates glacier theory to his own interpretation of Glen Roy.

Mentions a paper he is writing on South American boulders and till [Collected papers 1: 145–63].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [12? Mar 1841]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-595

To A. Y. Spearman   27 March 1841

Summary

The Smith, Elder & Co. account for the now published fifth number of the third part of the Zoology is presented.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  27 Mar 1841
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4585 paper 10688)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-595A

From Leonard Jenyns   [c. 30 March 1841]

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Summary

LJ has had a letter from R. T. Lowe in Madeira who thinks Scorpaena histrio, a species from Galapagos described in no. 1 [of Fish], is the same as the one in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. LJ does not think it is possible.

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c.30 Mar 1841]
Classmark:  DAR 205.3: 279
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-596

To William Lonsdale   14 April [1841]

Summary

Sends paper on erratic boulders [Collected papers 1: 145–63] to the Society. Has taken two months to complete it because of illness.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Lonsdale
Date:  14 Apr [1841]
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/6/299)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-597

From J. S. Henslow   19 April 1841

Summary

Reports observations on the behaviour of captive harvest mouse and dormouse. When descending sticks mouse uses its tail like a prehensile-tailed monkey.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Apr 1841
Classmark:  DAR 166: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-598

From William C. Redfield    May 1841

Summary

Is sending through John Blunt a copy of the last geological report of the state of New York along with a short paper on the tornado that passed through the state of New Jersey in June 1835.

Author:  William C. Redfield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  May 1841
Classmark:  Yale University: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (William C. Redfield’s outbound letter book 1835–41 (z117 00151 2) p. 239)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-598A

To [E. W. Brayley?]   8 May [1841]

Summary

Thanks recipient for finding reference on carbonate of lime. Doubtful when he will publish his geological memoranda.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  8 May [1841]
Classmark:  Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-598F

To A. Y. Spearman   17 May 1841

Summary

The third number of part four of the Zoology has been published. CD transmits the Smith, Elder & Co. account.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  17 May 1841
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4585 paper 10688)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-598B

To Leonard Jenyns   24 June [1841]

Summary

Doctors predict it will take years for CD’s constitution to recover.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  24 June [1841]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-599

To W. A. Leighton   [1–23 July 1841]

Summary

Tells WAL where specimen of Cynoglossum sylvaticum may be seen growing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Allport Leighton
Date:  [1–23 July 1841]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-631

To Emma Darwin   [1 July 1841]

Summary

Family news. Mainly concerned about Doddy’s [W. E. Darwin’s] health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [1 July 1841]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-600
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