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From Francis Beaufort to C. S. Darwin   29 June [1832]


Cancelled. Third party letter quoted in . See Correspondence 1: 253. Forwards letters, adding that Capt. FitzRoy expresses "unqualified satisfaction in Mr. Darwin’s society" and says "D is equally liked and respected by every person in the ship".

Author:  Francis Beaufort
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Date:  29 June [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 223: 12a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-174

From W. D. Fox   30 June 1832


Has been away from parish because of a three-month illness. Refers briefly to events in England since the Beagle sailed.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 June 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-175

To Catherine Darwin   5 July [1832]


Sailing next day to Montevideo. He has taken many hitherto undescribed animals. Describes the glories of the Brazilian forest.

Mentions his concern over the Reform Bill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Date:  5 July [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-176

To Susan Darwin   14 July – 7 August [1832]


Regrets leaving the tropics, despite interest in a land where Europeans have never been. They have experienced political turmoil at Montevideo. Natural history going well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  14 July – 7 Aug [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-177

To J. S. Henslow   [23 July –] 15 August [1832]


Specimens being sent off. Describes his collection of rocks, plants, and insects. Some particularly interesting specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [23 July –] 15 Aug [1832]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-178

From Catherine Darwin   25 July [– 3 August] 1832


Tells of the family’s pleasure in reading CD’s first two letters and his journal.

Comments on Shrewsbury politics, the cholera, and the family. Sedgwick calls often; Catherine thinks he is interested in Susan.

Author:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 July [– 3 Aug] 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 85
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-179

From Susan Darwin   15[–18] August 1832


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

From E. A. Darwin   18 August [1832]


Reports on the commissions CD requested of him [in a missing letter]; comments on English political issues.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Aug [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-182

To Frederick Watkins   18 August 1832


Brief summary of the voyage so far. His delight in the Brazilian forest; his trip into the interior; the turbulence at Rio; has grown a beard.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederick Watkins
Date:  18 Aug 1832
Classmark:  Copy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-181

From Sarah Williams    26[–31] August 1832


Gives CD an "account of my life and adventures since we parted" and news of her family.

Author:  Sarah Harriet Mostyn Williams
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26[-31] Aug 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-183

From W. D. Fox   29 August – 28 September 1832


He is staying on the Isle of Wight because he has been unwell. He is thought to be in danger of contracting consumption, and the climate is beneficial. He is convalescent now, but will spend the winter there.

Offers to forward any natural history stores CD may want.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Aug & 28 Sept 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-184

From Caroline Darwin   12[–18] September 1832


News of the Darwin, Wedgwood, and Owen families, including a report on Frances Wedgwood’s death.

Author:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12[-18] Sept 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-185

From Charlotte Langton   27 [September] 1832


Rejoices in what she hears of his voyage and his pleasures in it.

Writes of her new life, and of their relatives and friends.

Author:  Charlotte Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 [Sept] 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-186

From Catherine Darwin   14 October [1832]


Writes news of family, Maer, and Woodhouse. His father has sent for a banana tree

and plans to buy J. J. Audubon’s book [Birds of America (1827)].

Charles Langton has been given a living near Ludlow.

Author:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Oct [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-187

To Caroline Darwin   24 October – 24 November [1832]


During the past two months CD has been lucky with fossil bones, and he is also finding new specimens of living animals.

He describes an ostrich hunt.

Has received several letters from home.

He enjoys Buenos Aires and admires the señoritas. Tierra del Fuego is next.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Date:  24 Oct & 24 Nov [1832]
Classmark:  AL incomplete
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-188

To J. S. Henslow   [c. 26 October –] 24 November [1832]


A French collector [Alcide d’Orbigny] has been at the Rio Negro and will probably have "taken the cream". CD’s luck with fossil bones, among them a large extinct armadillo-like animal. Describes some birds, toads, Crustacea, and other marine specimens. Nearly all plants flowering at Bahia Blanca were collected. Is sending two large casks of fossil bones by packet.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [c. 26 Oct–] 24 Nov [1832]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-192

From Charles Hughes   2 November [1832]


Notes for CD on a river trip to Mercedes on the Rio Negro [Uruguay].

Author:  Charles Lawrence Hughes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov [1832]
Classmark:  DAR 34: 14–15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-190

To W. D. Fox   [12–3] November 1832


Sketches the Beagle’s travels – Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, cruise to the south and return – and what the future holds. Writes with nostalgia of England and says he sees no end to the voyage.

He enjoys and has been lucky principally in geology and among pelagic animals; has found remains of large extinct animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [12–13] Nov 1832
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 46a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-189

From Susan Darwin   12–18 November 1832


Family news.

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 & 18 Nov 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-191

From J. M. Herbert   1[–4] December 1832


Sends news of himself and CD’s friends. Discusses changes in England, the coming elections, Cambridge politics.

Author:  John Maurice Herbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1[-4] Dec 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-193
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