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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:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
William Jackson Hooker
Date:
[Jan 1850]
Source of text:
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspondence English letters A–H 1850, 29: 201)
Summary:

Thanks WJH for information about J. D. Hooker; CD was very anxious to hear something about his safety.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Richard Owen
Date:
[Jan – 23 Mar 1850]
Source of text:
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Summary:

CD regrets the trouble RO has had about C. G. Ehrenberg’s parcel.

He is reading On the nature of limbs [1849] with uncommon interest and admires the way Owen worked out the toes.

Also has read On parthenogenesis [1849] with great interest.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
George Robert Waterhouse
Date:
[Jan–June 1850]
Source of text:
Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF PAL/100/6/6)
Summary:

Wishes to propose John Lubbock as a member of the Entomological Society.

Asks for B. H. Hodgson’s pamphlet on sheep ["Tame sheep and goats", J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 16 (1847): 1003–26]. Asks for odd numbers of GRW’s work [A natural history of the Mammalia (1846–8)]. Regrets that this work has stopped.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Adam White
Date:
[Jan–Mar 1850]
Source of text:
Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Summary:

Requests AW to ask Arthur Adams, who is going on a polar expedition to Lancaster Sound, to collect cirripedes.

Asks location of "Cape Rivers".

Contributor:
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From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:
[3 Jan 1850]
Source of text:
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.90)
Summary:

Discusses CL’s paper, "On craters of denudation" [Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 6 (1850): 207–34], which "will be a thorn in the side of É[lie] de B[eaumont]". Notes evidence from Galapagos overlooked by CL. Mentions other examples of craters.

Contributor:
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From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Robert Fitch
Date:
6 Jan [1850]
Source of text:
Norwich Castle
Summary:

Asks to borrow some more cirripede specimens.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Pickering
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
9 Jan 1850
Source of text:
DAR 205.4: 99
Summary:

Lists plants of Metia or Aurora Island collected during visit in Sept 1839. Flora same as that of neighbouring Tahiti.

Contributor:
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From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
George Brettingham Sowerby, Jr
Date:
9 Jan [1850]
Source of text:
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Summary:

Sends thanks for a note and returned drawing.

He is sending more text.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Robert Fitch
Date:
10 Jan [1850]
Source of text:
Norwich Castle
Summary:

Thanks him for sending fossil cirripede specimens. Unfortunately one was broken in transit. Asks if James de Carle Sowerby may draw specimens.

Contributor:
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From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Robert Fitch
Date:
15 Jan [1850]
Source of text:
Norwich Castle
Summary:

Discusses fossil cirripede specimens from RF’s collection. Comments on problems of describing their valves.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
William Darwin Fox
Date:
[17 Jan 1850]
Source of text:
Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 75)
Summary:

Account of the birth of Leonard Darwin, during which he administered the chloroform to Emma.

Continues the water-cure.

Has begun work on fossil cirripedes.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
John Stevens Henslow
Date:
17 Jan [1850]
Source of text:
DAR 93: A96–A97
Summary:

Announces birth of his fourth son, Leonard.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
James Scott Bowerbank
Date:
19 Jan [1850]
Source of text:
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Summary:

Describes result of his dissection of one of JSB’s cirripede specimens, "now a hundred fold more instructive". Awaits fossils from Copenhagen Chalk for comparison with British specimens. Asks permission for J. de C. Sowerby to draw specimens.

Contributor:
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From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Robert Fitch
Date:
[23 Jan 1850]
Source of text:
Norwich Castle
Summary:

Thanks for fossil cirripede specimens. "Yours is incomparably the finest collection in the world of fossil Secondary cirripedes."

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
James Scott Bowerbank
Date:
[24 Jan – 7 Mar 1850]
Source of text:
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.91)
Summary:

Thanks JSB for specimens of fossil Balanidae.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Johannes Japetus Smith (Japetus) Steenstrup
Date:
25 Jan [1850]
Source of text:
Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen (NKS 3460 4to)
Summary:

Thanks JS for fossil cirripedes. Discusses the specimens. Sends thanks to J. G. Forchhammer for specimens.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Albany Hancock
Date:
[26 Jan – Mar 1850]
Source of text:
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Summary:

Discusses mollusc specimens and related notes sent to AH. Thanks him for cirripede specimens. Discusses various cirripede species.

Contributor:
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From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Robert Fitch
Date:
[28 Jan 1850]
Source of text:
Norwich Castle
Summary:

Thanks him for cirripede specimens. Discusses RF’s collection.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Robert Fitch
Date:
1 Feb [1850]
Source of text:
Norwich Castle
Summary:

Mentions illness.

Describes work on fossil cirripedes. Asks to keep specimens somewhat longer.

Contributor:
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From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:
3 Feb [1850]
Source of text:
DAR 114: 117
Summary:

Hooker’s imprisonment.

Birth of Leonard Darwin.

Barnacles will never end; on to fossils.

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