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DCP-LETT-1045
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  James Scott Bowerbank
Date:  [Jan–Aug 1848]
Classmark:  Brown University, John Hay Library (Lownes Collection)
Summary:  

Thanks him for Balanus specimens. Comments on his findings. A large Acasta in the wet state would be valuable. Asks JSB to mention his work to J. T. Quekett at the College of Surgeons.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Faraday4649u
From:  Andrew Crosse
To:  Michael Faraday
Date:  Between 1848 and 1855
Classmark:  RI MS Conybeare Album, f.48
Contributor:  Faraday Project
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DCP-LETT-1145
From:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1848?]
Classmark:  DAR 205.10: 96
Summary:  

[Valediction only.] CD note on verso: Athenaeum/48/p. 839 "E. Forbes on genera being continuous in time––good––fact".

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Faraday4637u
From:  Michael Faraday
To:  George Buchanan
Date:  Between 1848 and 1850
Classmark:  Civ.Eng.Arch.J., 1850, 13: 399
Contributor:  Faraday Project
DCP-LETT-13869
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins
Date:  [1848–51]
Classmark:  Library of Congress Manuscript Division (George P. Merrill collection, box 4, file H)
Summary:  

Testimonial recommending B. Waterhouse Hawkins [for a teaching post].

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
HENSLOW-701
From:  Henslow, J. S.
To:  Turner, Dawson
Date:  1848
Classmark:  Trinity College Cambridge Dawson Turner Correspondence O.14.45, Letter 43
Contributor:  Henslow Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-1141
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  [1848?]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Summary:  

Suggests various remedies for toothache.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-1143
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  George Warde Norman
Date:  [1848]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 189
Summary:  

Seeks excuse from jury duty on grounds of ill health.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Herschel6412
From:  Julia Margaret Cameron
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  1848 or later
Classmark:  RS:HS 5.178 & 179
Summary:  

Health of family.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel9308
From:  William Empson
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [1848]
Classmark:  RS:HS 7.62
Summary:  

Has he made a decision regarding writing a review for the second volume of Kosmos? Longmans is contemplating a second edition. George Peacock is much better.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel4983
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  D. François J. Arago
Date:  1848
Classmark:  RS:HS 1.366 (C: RS:HS 25.13.9)
Summary:  

Glad to lerarn of the Academy's interest in his Cape Observations. Regarding his father. Comments on the 'Equalizations of stars.' [Written on an experimental leaf photographic plate.]

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel5441
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [1848?]
Classmark:  RS:HS 2.388
Summary:  

Thanks for his offer of help in the trusteeship. Also for his pamphlet on income tax. Is about to become involved in Chancery proceedings. Comments on tax.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13281
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:  [1848 to 1852]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0536.3; Reel 1053
Summary:  

JH learned from daughters that JH and MBH must appear in drawing room for birthday celebration after girls return from Ball.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel959
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:  [1 January 1848]
Classmark:  JHS 6.31
Summary:  

Is glad to see that P[eter] S[tewart]'s prospects have improved [see JH's 1847-10-10]; JH promises MH a Daguerreotype, and comments on family activities.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel2532
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Adam Sedgwick
Date:  1848
Classmark:  RS:HS 15.441 (C: RS:HS 22.233)
Summary:  

Family will arrive at Norwich on 16 May. Discusses Norfolk strata and Cray fossils.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel12969
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Richard Sheepshanks
Date:  [1848 to 1855]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0383; Reel 1054
Summary:  

Asks RS to summarize T. G. Taylor's contributions to astronomy. Hopes to assist Taylor's widow and family.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
JHC14
From:  Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
To:  Sir William Jackson Hooker
Date:  --[1848]
Classmark:  JDH/1/10 f.18-24, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Summary:  

JDH describes arrival at Point de Galle 31 Dec. Compares Cape Comorin, Cape of Good Hope & Cape Horn. Met by [George] Gardner [GG] with invitation from Lord Torrington to visit Candy [Kandy] but no time. Describes native peoples. Notes Thespesia populnea, Jack & Mango trees, & valuable timbers. Walked wooded lanes with GG, reminded of Amsterdam & Lyden. Showed GG home similar to Hartecamp, Linnaeus’ residence. Lists plant species in damp, very wet & dryer areas. Names fern species & common weeds, tropical roadside genera & palms. Discusses useful plants; Sonneratia acida wood for boxes, Terminalia catappa embryo eaten for dessert, Ficus demonum [F. daemonum] leaves to polish wood, & Artocarpus pubescens. Lists shrubs & small trees. Few parasites & epiphytes. Widespread Passiflora foetida introduced 1824, Bryophyllum & Allamanda cathartica. Discusses relationship between phosphorescent insects & humidity observed in Madras [Chennai], Calcutta [Kolkata], Behar, Birbhoom, Shahabad, Mizrapore & Darjeeling. Mosses fairly represented, algae very rare, lichens abundant. Bid farewell to Matilda. JDH uncertain he will visit Ceylon [Sri Lanka] again. Collected Trimeriza. Visited house with beautiful carved curiosities & jewels. Reminded of Professor Miller of Cambridge. Arrived Madras with GG, 5 Jan. Describes Lord Dalhousie’s military reception & vast number of natives in welcoming party. Met various knowledgeable people while staying with Lord Tweeddale. Walter Elliot directed him to Buddhist antiquities. Discusses winged lion familiar from Syrian marbles & sketches by Walter Forbes. [Brian Houghton] Hodgson says they are evidence of Asian origin of the Buddhist religion. In another letter JDH will show how the physical geography has indicated the positions of the tribes of people as well as plants, & has regulated their migration. Spent a long time with WE at botanic garden under care of Captain Worcester'. Describes garden.

Contributor:  Hooker Project
JHC39
From:  Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
To:  unknown addressee
Date:  --[1848]
Classmark:  JDH/1/10 f.102, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Summary:  

Rough sketch map drawn in pencil and ink. Page is titled 'Ideal charts of position of Mts' [Mountains]. It shows the relative positions of Thibet [Tibet], Nepaul [Nepal], Sikkim, Bootan [Bhutan] & Darjeeling with the position of Kinchinjunga [Kanchenjunga] marked & labelled as 28178 feet in elevation, Chomalari [Chomolahari] is labelled as 24000 feet & nearby the town Phari [Pagri] is also marked. Chola Mt, Singalelah [Singalilia], Great Rungeet River, Sinchal [Senchal], Darjeeling, Teesta River, Junnoo [Jannu] & Kursiong[?] are also plotted on the map.

Contributor:  Hooker Project
JHC41
From:  Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
To:  unknown addressee
Date:  --[1848]
Classmark:  JDH/1/10 f.107, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Summary:  

Coloured illustrations of Hodgsonia niterodita with brief description of the species' characteristics. The Lepcha name is given as Kat'hion pot & the Bhotea name as Tasy. The Kernels are eaten raw but JDH does not like the taste. H. niterodita grows in the inner & outer ranges of the Sikkim Himalayas from 300 feet at the foot of the hills to 5000 feet. It is a climber which grows over tree branches creating screens of green foliage. It flowers in May & June. The stems are no thicker than a finger a bleed when cut, the juice is tasteless.

Contributor:  Hooker Project
Herschel7932
From:  Hensleigh Wedgwood
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [1848?]
Classmark:  RS:HS 18.135
Summary:  

Sends small work on foundations of thought, with citation of JH's article in Quarterly [Review]. Note on geometry of planes.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project