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The Darwin Correspondence Project is publishing letters written by and to the naturalist Charles Darwin (1809–1882). Complete transcripts of letters are being made available through the Project’s website (www.darwinproject.ac.uk) after publication in the ongoing print edition of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin (Cambridge University Press 1985–). Metadata and summaries of all known letters (c. 15,000) appear in Ɛpsilon, and the full texts of available letters can also be searched, with links to the full texts.

From:
Mary Congreve
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
27 Oct [1821]
Source of text:
DAR 204: 186
Summary:

Writes about London plays; wishes CD had been of the party.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Friend
Date:
1 Jan 1822
Source of text:
DAR 271/1/1
Summary:

Erasmus Alvey Darwin has rheumatism; his sisters complain of his bad temper but CD thinks him very good tempered. CD has received a new cabinet. [This is the first of six entries written in a "Memorandum book" comprising four sheets folded into a gather and sewn together in book form. The entries are in the style of letters addressed to an unnamed friend and are dated between 1 and 12 January 1822, shortly before CD’s thirteenth birthday. As they were written straight into the memorandum book, it is clear that they were never sent through the post, but were either to an imaginary recipient, or intended to be read by someone in the household, possibly CD’s youngest sister, Emily Catherine Darwin (Catherine).]

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Friend
Date:
2 Jan 1822
Source of text:
DAR 271/1/1
Summary:

Erasmus Alvey Darwin is good tempered and their sisters have "not abused at all". Hopes the recipient will help "in looking out and washing the fossils out of the plate closet".

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Friend
Date:
3 Jan 1822
Source of text:
DAR 271/1/1
Summary:

"Monseur Beodoes" is inquisitive and impertinent; Mr Bayly "was formerly a devlish boor". Asks who his sisters have been talking about.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Friend
Date:
4 Jan 1822
Source of text:
DAR 271/1/1
Summary:

Likes Mariane who is very good to Miss Jones; CD bought cakes in town while Mariane visited Miss Jones; he was embarrassed to be shown into her bedroom when he returned. Miss Clare has had an accident.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Friend
Date:
4 Jan 1822
Source of text:
DAR 271/1/1
Summary:

Caroline disapproves of his not washing.

Contributor:
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From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Friend
Date:
12 Jan 1822
Source of text:
DAR 271.1.1: 6v
Summary:

Was joined by Colonel Burgh Leighton when walking in the quarry. Plans to make caves next summer to store "warlike instruments" and "relicks". Sketches a design for a signalling device. May go with his father to visit the Earl of Powys at Walcot; visited Mrs and Miss Reynolds and William Pemberton Cludde.

Contributor:
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From:
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
25 [Oct 1822]
Source of text:
DAR 204: 2
Summary:

Has found a shop with supplies of chemical equipment, and a mineral collector.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
14 Nov 1822
Source of text:
DAR 204: 3
Summary:

EAD wants changes made and shelves built to improve the laboratory at the Mount [Darwin residence]; sends drawings and will bring chemical instruments, a book, and his record of experiments done in his chemistry course.

He has now been matriculated.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
8 Dec 1822
Source of text:
DAR 204: 4
Summary:

Suggestions for laboratory equipment. Will buy some mineral specimens. Describes experiments he has seen.

Contributor:
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From:
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
5 [Mar 1823]
Source of text:
DAR 204: 5
Summary:

More suggestions for the laboratory, including some experiments.

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From:
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
18 May 1823
Source of text:
DAR 204: 6
Summary:

Discusses plans for CD to visit Cambridge.

Contributor:
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From:
Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
[c. June 1823]
Source of text:
DAR 204: 1
Summary:

Writes, while visiting the Wedgwoods at Maer and Parkfields, to thank CD for his "entertaining letter".

She misses him and the laboratory.

Asks "how Mineralogy, Botany, Chemistry and Entomology go on".

Contributor:
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From:
John Wood Warter
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
23 Dec 1824
Source of text:
DAR 204: 188
Summary:

Warns CD against idleness.

Suggests readings in Xenophon and Horace.

Quotes Oliver Goldsmith to correct CD’s pronunciation of "sloth".

Contributor:
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From:
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
[10 Jan 1825]
Source of text:
DAR 204: 7
Summary:

Saw a mineral salesman, but he had nothing CD does not already have.

EAD has a piece of petrified sponge and some curious coal that John Price pulled out of his fire.

Griffith’s Animal kingdom [Georges Cuvier, The animal kingdom … with additional descriptions of species by Edward Griffith (1827–35)] just being published. He is sure CD would like it.

Contributor:
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From:
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
[17 Jan 1825]
Source of text:
DAR 204: 8
Summary:

Proposes a dry place for the apparatus for their laboratory and draws a plan for CD’s criticism.

Price has found black sediment in his tea, which was attracted to a magnet.

Contributor:
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From:
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
[24 Jan 1825]
Source of text:
DAR 204: 9
Summary:

Asks CD to do an experiment for him.

Has found a curious stone in his fire.

Price’s iron in tea measured 13 per cent.

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From:
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
[1 Feb 1825]
Source of text:
DAR 204: 10
Summary:

Tells CD a bill is all right. Hopes his father will pay it and a wine merchant’s bill as well.

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From:
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
[24 Feb 1825]
Source of text:
DAR 204: 11
Summary:

EAD thinks it a pity if CD does not go to Cambridge, but it will be very pleasant for them to be together at Edinburgh, where they should go as soon as possible and read. EAD is getting "case-hardened" in anatomy.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
[8 Mar 1825]
Source of text:
DAR 204: 12
Summary:

Asks CD to send him some books on physiology and natural history from the family library.

Contributor:
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