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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 εpsilon, and the full texts of available letters can also be searched, with links to the full texts.

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DCP-LETT-13860
From:  Unidentified
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [?]
Classmark:  DAR 205.7: 283–4 (Letters)
Summary:  

Hybrid fish.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-13861
From:  Unidentified
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [?]
Classmark:  DAR (CD Library-Eschwege 1832)
Summary:  

"but most of them [verily?] Christened by myself they may be indulged with a"

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-13862
From:  Unidentified
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [?]
Classmark:  DAR (CD Library - Volz 1852)
Summary:  

[Fragmentary strip.] Discusses pigeons, Australia, Regents Park.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-13864
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Unidentified
Date:  [?]
Classmark:  B. Altman (dealer) (3 October 1982)
Summary:  

Asks correspondent if he would prefer the President’s signature alone or with those of other scientific men.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-13864A
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Unidentified
Date:  [?]
Classmark:  Robert F. Batchelder (dealer) (Cat. 39)
Summary:  

Can the correspondent get some pamphlets written by Dr [Max?] Stengel.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-13864H
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Unidentified
Date:  [?]
Classmark:  Eric Korn (dealer)
Summary:  

[Signature cut from a letter; the reverse contains the words "you must … that I know nothing of your private".]

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-13865
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Unidentified
Date:  1 Mar 1809 or 1 Mar 1810 or 1 Mar 1811 or 1 Mar 1812 or 1 Mar 1813 or 1 Mar 1814 or 1 Mar 1815 or 1 Mar 1816 or 1 Mar 1817 or 1 Mar 1818 or 1 Mar 1819 or 1 Mar 1820 or 1 Mar 1821 or 1 Mar 1822 or 1 Mar 1823 or 1 Mar 1824 or 1 Mar 1825 or 1 Mar 1826 or 1 Mar 1827 or 1 Mar 1828 or 1 Mar 1829 or 1 Mar 1830 or 1 Mar 1831 or 1 Mar 1832 or 1 Mar 1833 or 1 Mar 1834 or 1 Mar 1835 or 1 Mar 1836 or 1 Marc 1837 or 1 Mar 1838 or 1 Mar 1839 or 1 Mar 1840 or 1 Mar 1841 or 1 Mar 1842 or 1 Mar 1843 or 1 Mar 1844 or 1 Mar 1845 or 1 Mar 1846 or 1 Mar 1847 or 1 Mar 1848 or 1 Mar 1849 or 1 Mar 1850 or 1 Mar 1851 or 1 Mar 1852 or 1 Mar 1853 or 1 Mar 1854 or 1 Mar 1855 or 1 Mar 1856 or 1 Mar 1857 or 1 Mar 1858 or 1 Mar 1859 or 1 Mar 1860 or 1 Mar 1861 or 1 Mar 1862 or 1 Mar 1863 or 1 Mar 1864 or 1 Mar 1865 or 1 Mar 1866 or 1 Mar 1867 or 1 Mar 1868 or 1 Mar 1869 or 1 Mar 1870 or 1 Mar 1871 or 1 Mar 1872 or 1 Mar 1873 or 1 Mar 1874 or 1 Mar 1875 or 1 Mar 1876 or 1 Mar 1877 or 1 Mar 1878 or 1 Mar 1879 or 1 Mar 1880 or 1 Mar 1881 or 1 Mar 1882
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (12 November 1963)
Summary:  

Regrets not having a duplicate of one of his books to give away. "You will before long no doubt be able to borrow a copy."

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-13866A
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Unidentified
Date:  2 May 1809 or 2 May 1810 or 2 May 1811 or 2 May 1812 or 2 May 1813 or 2 May 1814 or 2 May 1815 or 2 May 1816 or 2 May 1817 or 2 May 1818 or 2 May 1819 or 2 May 1820 or 2 May 1821 or 2 May 1822 or 2 May 1823 or 2 May 1824 or 2 May 1825 or 2 May 1826 or 2 May 1827 or 2 May 1828 or 2 May 1829 or 2 May 1830 or 2 May 1831 or 2 May 1832 or 2 May 1833 or 2 May 1834 or 2 May 1835 or 2 May 1836 or 2 May 1837 or 2 May 1838 or 2 May 1839 or 2 May 1840 or 2 May 1841 or 2 May 1842 or 2 May 1843 or 2 May 1844 or 2 May 1845 or 2 May 1846 or 2 May 1847 or 2 May 1848 or 2 May 1849 or 2 May 1850 or 2 May 1851 or 2 May 1852 or 2 May 1853 or 2 May 1854 or 2 May 1855 or 2 May 1856 or 2 May 1857 or 2 May 1858 or 2 May 1859 or 2 May 1860 or 2 May 1861 or 2 May 1862 or 2 May 1863 or 2 May 1864 or 2 May 1865 or 2 May 1866 or 2 May 1867 or 2 May 1868 or 2 May 1869 or 2 May 1870 or 2 May 1871 or 2 May 1872 or 2 May 1873 or 2 May 1874 or 2 May 1875 or 2 May 1876 or 2 May 1877 or 2 May 1878 or 2 May 1879 or 2 May 1880 or 2 May 1881 or 2 May 1882
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (28 March 1983)
Summary:  

"When a man has laboured hard in science & has proved that he is capable of original research, he may [some]times indulge in speculation [&] the public will indulge him. But even in this case it is a common error to speculate too largely, for speculation is far easier than observation or experiments . . ."

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-13867
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Unidentified
Date:  7 Aug 1809 or 7 Aug 1810 or 7 Aug 1811 or 7 Aug 1812 or 7 Aug 1813 or 7 Aug 1814 or 7 Aug 1815 or 7 Aug 1816 or 7 Aug 1817 or 7 Aug 1818 or 7 Aug 1819 or 7 Aug 1820 or 7 Aug 1821 or 7 Aug 1822 or 7 Aug 1823 or 7 Aug 1824 or 7 Aug 1825 or 7 Aug 1826 or 7 Aug 1827 or 7 Aug 1828 or 7 Aug 1829 or 7 Aug 1830 or 7 Aug 1831 or 7 Aug 1832 or 7 Aug 1833 or 7 Aug 1834 or 7 Aug 1835 or 7 Aug 1836 or 7 Aug 1837 or 7 Aug 1838 or 7 Aug 1839 or 7 Aug 1840 or 7 Aug 1841 or 7 Aug 1842 or 7 Aug 1843 or 7 Aug 1844 or 7 Aug 1845 or 7 Aug 1846 or 7 Aug 1847 or 7 Aug 1848 or 7 Aug 1849 or 7 Aug 1850 or 7 Aug 1851 or 7 Aug 1852 or 7 Aug 1853 or 7 Aug 1854 or 7 Aug 1855 or 7 Aug 1856 or 7 Aug 1857 or 7 Aug 1858 or 7 Aug 1859 or 7 Aug 1860 or 7 Aug 1861 or 7 Aug 1862 or 7 Aug 1863 or 7 Aug 1864 or 7 Aug 1865 or 7 Aug 1866 or 7 Aug 1867 or 7 Aug 1868 or 7 Aug 1869 or 7 Aug 1870 or 7 Aug 1871 or 7 Aug 1872 or 7 Aug 1873 or 7 Aug 1874 or 7 Aug 1875 or 7 Aug 1876 or 7 Aug 1877 or 7 Aug 1878 or 7 Aug 1879 or 7 Aug 1880 or 7 Aug 1881 or 7 Aug 1882
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (24 October 1979)
Summary:  

Declines invitation to ride because he is "so very subject to headache".

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-1
From:  Mary Congreve
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Oct [1821]
Classmark:  DAR 204.16
Summary:  

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

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-1F
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Dear Friend
Date:  1 Jan 1822
Classmark:  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
DCP-LETT-1G
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Dear Friend
Date:  2 Jan 1822
Classmark:  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
DCP-LETT-1H
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Dear Friend
Date:  3 Jan 1822
Classmark:  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
DCP-LETT-1J
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Dear Friend
Date:  4 Jan 1822
Classmark:  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
DCP-LETT-1K
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Dear Friend
Date:  4 Jan 1822
Classmark:  DAR 271/1/1
Summary:  

Caroline disapproves of his not washing.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-1M
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Dear Friend
Date:  12 Jan 1822
Classmark:  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:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-2
From:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 [Oct 1822]
Classmark:  DAR 204.1
Summary:  

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

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-3
From:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Nov 1822
Classmark:  DAR 204.1
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
DCP-LETT-4
From:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1822
Classmark:  DAR 204.1
Summary:  

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

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-5
From:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 [Mar 1823]
Classmark:  DAR 204.1
Summary:  

More suggestions for the laboratory, including some experiments.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project