Morning Herald had an account of CD's 80 specimens of Mammalia and 450 birds at the Zoological Society.
John Gould has described new species in CD's Galapagos birds.
Much interest in CD's "Laurels".
Sunday Evening. |
My dear Charles.
Many thanks for your very agreeable long letter, which we enjoyed very much, and we all
unite in begging you not to care how untidy your letters are; you may depend on it, we
shall be able to make them out, and only beg you will send us a hurried quick scrawl,
whenever you have a spare half hour.— Caroline
desires me to tell you that neither Procter, Miers, nor Caldcleugh are in the Library, only
Head, which C. will read, and examine about what you
mention,—and then write to you.— The St John is packed up carefully,
and goes tomorrow to Erasmus, with a letter; does he know of
your generosity? he will be exceedingly pleased, by such a pretty attention, I am
sure.— My Father is afraid he can give you but little information about the
wages for Covington; country and town servants' terms
being very different; the wages he gives are from
We expect Susan to return home tomorrow from Staffordshire with Harry & Jessie,
who are coming to pay us a visit.— You did quite
right to direct Mrs S. W.—
Hensleigh writes word that the book is to be in
3 distinct Volumes King, Fitzroy, and Darwin;— how much the most
interesting the 3
I have been very gay lately, having been to two Balls, two nights running, the last was a private Ball at Acton Burnell (Sir Edward Smythe's) and I was not in bed till 7 o'clock in the morning. I went with the Owens from Eaton, where there is one of their immense rigadoons again.— William Owen is at home now.— Mrs Leighton & Clare have decided to remain in Shrewsbury and have taken the middle house in Claremont Buildings, which is also one of the smallest; are not you sorry for them having such a fall? I think they are very foolish not to move out of this country, for Clare is too well known to do any good here. Emma Wedgwood sets out tomorrow to Edinburgh, with Jos for her companion; it is very spirited of her going in this weather, and I hope Lady Gifford will make her visit answer.— What an account you give of Mrs Fitzroy's beauty; you must have had a nice evening with them.—
Papa desires me to tell you that he has had a letter from Mrs Sneyd, with a great many enquiries about you;—and Papa would take it as a kindness from you, if when you are in London, you would sometime go down to Blackheath to call on them.—
Goodbye, dearest old Charley— Papa's best love to you— | ever yrs | E. C. Darwin
- f1 341.f1Caroline Sarah Darwin.
- f2 341.f2Proctor 1825.
- f3 341.f3Miers 1826.
- f4 341.f4Caldcleugh 1825.
- f5 341.f5Head 1826.
- f6 341.f6Erasmus Alvey Darwin.
- f7 341.f7Syms Covington became CD's servant in the Beagle and remained with him as assistant, secretary, and servant until 1839.
- f8 341.f8The Morning Herald, 12 January 1837, p. 5. CD had delivered his collection of birds and mammals to the Zoological Society on 4 January. The Society's minutes acknowledged a letter from CD announcing ‘a present to the Society of his entire Collection …’ (quoted in Sulloway 1982b, pp. 356–7).
- f9 341.f9The reference is to John Gould's paper of 10 January on the Galápagos finches (Gould 1837). Gould eventually settled upon thirteen as the number of new species. For a discussion of his difficulties in classifying the finches, see Sulloway 1982a, 1982b.
- f10 341.f10William Charles Linnaeus Martin discussed three species of the genus Felis, one of which he thought might be new—‘in the event of its ultimately being considered distinct’ he proposed that it should be called Felis darwinii (see Martin 1837). Later, in Mammalia, pp. 16–18, George Robert Waterhouse described it, but ‘[having] since seen many specimens’, classified it as a variety of Felis yagouaroundi.
- f11 341.f11Susan Elizabeth Darwin and Harry and Jessie Wedgwood.
- f12 341.f12Sarah Elizabeth (Sarah) Wedgwood.
- f13 341.f13Hensleigh Wedgwood.
- f14 341.f14Journal and remarks, which was the third volume of Narrative.
- f15 341.f15The seat of Edward Smythe, seven miles south of Shrewsbury.
- f16 341.f16The Mostyn Owen family of Woodhouse. Eaton Mascott was the home of Sarah (née Owen) and Edward Hosier Williams.
- f17 341.f17Josiah Wedgwood III.
- f18 341.f18The 1845 Post Office directory of the six home counties lists a Mrs M. Sneyd of Dell Lodge, Dartmouth Row, Blackheath, Kent.