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To John Maurice Herbert    [13 September 1828]

Summary

Asks JMH to collect some insects at Barmouth.

Reports on his shooting luck.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  [13 Sept 1828]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-47

To W. D. Fox   [October 1828]

Summary

Sends some stuffed birds for "Osmaston Museum" and some insects.

Home having cloyed, plans to go to Woodhouse to visit the Owens and the black-eyed houris [Sarah and Fanny] there.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [Oct 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-48

To the Darwin Family    3 October 1828

Summary

[Caroline Darwin on behalf of CD] submits a petition to Darwin family for £20 to purchase a new double-barrelled gun, CD’s present one having become dangerous.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Darwin family
Date:  3 Oct 1828
Classmark:  L
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-50

To J. M. Herbert    [3 October 1828]

Summary

CD obliged for JMH’s labours in "the science". He reports having spent a pleasant month. Entomological pursuits succeeded.

Looks forward to receiving beetles and butterflies from JMH when he passes through Shrewsbury.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  [3 Oct 1828]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-49

From Fanny Owen    [26 October 1828]

Summary

Woodhouse news, including going to a play.

She has been spending much time painting.

Author:  Fanny Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Oct 1828]
Classmark:  AL
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-51

To W. D. Fox    [29 October 1828]

Summary

Has met Frederick William Hope, the entomologist; relates F. W. Hope’s praise of CD’s collection and his generous offer of assistance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [29 Oct 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-52

To E. A. Darwin    21 December 1828

Summary

Has found nice rooms in [Christ’s] College, which he has furnished with some very good prints. Lives almost entirely with W. D. Fox and entomology.

News of John Price, B. H. Kennedy, and Charles Whitley. Fanny Owen is as charming as ever.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  21 Dec 1828
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-53

To W. D. Fox    [24 December 1828]

Summary

CD is collecting entomological specimens;

extols the charms of Fanny Owen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [24 Dec 1828]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-54

To W. D. Fox    [7 January 1829]

Summary

Entomological news, his poor success in collecting, observation of chrysalis.

Commiserates with WDF in his dismal pre-examination state.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [7 Jan 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 8a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-55

To W. D. Fox    [25–9 January 1829]

Summary

Congratulates WDF on finishing at Cambridge; he regards his place as a very good one, and comments on how others did.

Father much pleased by gift of a swan.

Adds some entomological news.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [25–9 Jan 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-56

To W. D. Fox    [26 February 1829]

Summary

Entomological visits with F. W. Hope and J. F. Stephens in London. News of insects taken and birds shot.

Has been advised by his tutor to defer the "Little Go". Sends news of Cambridge friends.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [26 Feb 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-57

From John Coldstream    28 February 1829

Summary

News of his activities in recent months, of mutual Edinburgh acquaintances, and the Plinian Society.

JC has given up natural history for a time to prepare himself better for medical practice.

Author:  John Coldstream
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Feb 1829
Classmark:  DAR 204: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-58

To W. D. Fox    [15 March 1829]

Summary

His routine days at Cambridge.

Entomology stopped for the present.

His reading, gambling, and parties. News of Cambridge friends.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [15 Mar 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-59

To W. D. Fox    1 April [1829]

Summary

Eager to hear how WDF and his family get on.

Entomology goes poorly. Harbour has given C. C. Babington first pick of the beetles, and CD has stopped buying from him.

Fire at Linton.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  1 Apr [1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-60

To W. D. Fox    [10 April 1829]

Summary

Has been in "a perfect and absolute state of idleness", riding and walking in the morning, gambling at Van John [vingt-et-un] in the evening.

"Little Go" has been unusually strict.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [10 Apr 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-61

To W. D. Fox    [12 April 1829]

Summary

CD writes with much sympathy for WDF, whose sister [Mrs Bristowe] is alarmingly ill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [12 Apr 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-62

To W. D. Fox    [23 April 1829]

Summary

CD’s sister Catherine has informed him of the death of WDF’s sister [Mrs Bristowe]. CD sends sympathy to WDF and his parents, and refers to the pure and holy comfort afforded by the Bible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [23 Apr 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-63

To W. D. Fox    [18 May 1829]

Summary

Is getting the information WDF wanted about his bills;

adds some news of entomology.

Accepts invitation to visit Osmaston in August. Plans a June trip to Shrewsbury, a three-week trip in Wales with F. W. Hope.

Is doing nothing but riding and entomology.

Thinks WDF wise to defer going into orders.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [18 May 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-64

From Francis Knyvett Leighton    [3 June 1829]

Summary

Invites CD for the boatrace and the cricket matches, and to see Oxford. Suggests Cambridge will win, but he will bet up to £5 on Oxford at 3 to 1.

Author:  Francis Knyvett Leighton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 June 1829]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-65

To W. D. Fox    7 June [1829]

Summary

Has shipped a portmanteau and box of WDF’s things. Lists bills paid from funds sent.

"My success has been very splendid in the science" [entomology].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  7 June [1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-66
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