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From Catherine Darwin   8 January – 4 February 1832

Summary

News of family and friends, much of it about forthcoming marriages: Fanny Owen and R. M. Biddulph, Fanny Mackintosh and Hensleigh Wedgwood. Charlotte Wedgwood will write to him of her own engagement to Charles Langton.

Author:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan – 4 Feb 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 83
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-154

From Charlotte Wedgwood   12 January – 1 February 1832

Summary

Writes about Hensleigh Wedgwood’s marriage to Frances Mackintosh and her own engagement to Charles Langton. Also gives news of other relatives and friends.

Author:  Charlotte Wedgwood; Charlotte Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 & 29 Jan & 1 Feb 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-155

From Bartholomew James Sulivan   [17 January – 7 February 1832]

Summary

Heights of various points on Quail Island [Cape Verde Is.].

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Jan – 7 Feb 1832]
Classmark:  DAR 32: 16a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-156

From J. S. Henslow    6 February 1832

Summary

News of Cambridge: the recent examinations; memorial tablet for Marmaduke Ramsay.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-157

To R. W. Darwin   10 February 1832

Summary

Sends a short résumé of his trip on the chance that it will arrive in England earlier than longer letter [158] which he hopes to send by surer means.

He is "incessantly occupied by new and most interesting animals" and thinks he will be able to do some original work in natural history.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Waring Darwin
Date:  10 Feb 1832
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-159

From Susan Darwin   12 February [– 3 March] 1832

Summary

Chronicles the events of February, principally of the family and of a few friends: engagements, marriages, deaths, some visits.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb[-3 Mar] 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-160

To R. W. Darwin   8 February – 1 March 1832

Summary

Writes with great happiness about the first part of the voyage, after his misery from seasickness passed. He finds himself well prepared, the ship quiet, comfortable, and compact; he has already a "rich harvest" and finds the natural history (especially geology) exceedingly interesting. The tropics are full of great beauty.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Waring Darwin
Date:  8 & 26 Feb & 1 Mar [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 223: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-158

From Fanny Owen    1 March 1832

Summary

Writes affectionately of the good times they have had and of her friendship for CD. Tells him of her forthcoming marriage to R. M. Biddulph.

Author:  Fanny Myddelton Biddulph
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-162

From William Mostyn Owen Sr    1 March 1832

Summary

Writes of his family and Shropshire events. Comments on the slow progress of the Reform Bill.

Author:  William Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-161

From Caroline Darwin (with postscript by Marianne Parker)   12[–29] March [1832]

Summary

Describes the gathering at Maer and the events culminating in Charlotte Wedgwood’s marriage to Charles Langton.

Author:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 & 29 Mar [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-163

To Caroline Darwin    2–6 April 1832

Summary

CD’s enjoyment of the beauty of the tropics is worth all the misery of seasickness. His mail gave him great pleasure. For two weeks he will visit a large estate in the country, and on return live at Botofogo for some weeks, collecting and learning to know the tropics.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Date:  [2] & 5 & 6 Apr [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-164

From J. M. Herbert   15–17 April 1832

Summary

Writes news of Cambridge friends, professors, music, the Reform Bill, and cholera. Expresses belief that CD will take his place with Cuvier and Humboldt.

Author:  John Maurice Herbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15–17 Apr 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 113
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-165

To Caroline Darwin    25–6 April [1832]

Summary

His trip to the interior was full of interest, but exhausting physically. Expects to stay at least a fortnight at Botofogo, because the Beagle returns to Bahia to correct a difference in the longitude measurements. Writes of his companions, of FitzRoy, and of his journal – which he has sent home.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Date:  25–6 Apr [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 223: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-166

From Catherine Darwin   26–7 April [1832]

Summary

Writes chiefly of family affairs: Erasmus’ visit, further delay in Fanny Owen’s marriage, Sarah [Owen] Williams’ illness, Arthur Owen’s sad departure for India; cholera.

Author:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26[–7] Apr [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 84
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-167

To Catherine Darwin   May–June [1832]

Summary

Lists letters received and those sent; comments on family happenings.

The Beagle is back [from Bahia]; two sailors and "little [Charles] Musters" died of fever. In 14 days they sail for Montevideo, then to Rio Negro, then on to where no man is known to have been before.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Date:  May–June [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-169

To W. D. Fox   May 1832

Summary

Writes of voyage and his work in natural history: geology, collecting insects (freshwater beetles and spiders at Botofogo Bay); life at sea, sublime views ashore.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  May 1832
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 46)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-168

From Susan Darwin   12 May [– 2 June] 1832

Summary

News from Maer and Shrewsbury of family, friends, and reports of reactions to CD’s first letters.

Sedgwick suggests he look for fossils in gravel banks of rivers.

Fanny Owen is married to R. M. Biddulph. Reform Bill prospects.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May [– 2 June] 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-170

To J. S. Henslow   18 May – 16 June 1832

Summary

His first letter to JSH since December. Recounts his seasickness, geologising and marine collecting at St Jago [Santiago, Cape Verde Is.]; his first tropical forest. Collecting small insects from the tropics. His Welsh trip with Sedgwick has been extremely valuable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  18 May & 16 June 1832
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-171

To J. M. Herbert   [1–6] June 1832

Summary

Summarises experiences since leaving England. "How intimately what may be called the ""moral part"" is connected with the enjoyment of scenery." The loneliness of the voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  [1–6] June 1832
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-172

From Caroline Darwin   12–28 June [1832]

Summary

Brings CD up to date on family and many friends. Describes the wedding of Fanny Owen and R. M. Biddulph. Sedgwick called on return from Wales. W. D. Fox has been very ill.

Author:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12–28 June [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-173
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