Darwin in Cambridge, after the Beagle Voyage

© 20 August 1998, John H. Wahlert

From 16 December 1836 through 6 March 1837 Darwin lived in lodgings in Fitzwilliam Street (Correspondence, vol. 1, chronology). Number 22, which is marked with a historical plaque, is just half a block from Trumpington Street and the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Letter to W. D. Fox, 15 December 1836 (Correspondence, vol. 1, p. 525):

I am at present staying in Henslow's house, (which by the bye, must be new since you were in Cambridge) it is not very large, but very comfortable. Henslow and Mrs Henslow are so kind and affectionate, that I quite feel to them as to my nearest relations. Their comfortable ways of life however do not suit hard work, and, inconsequence, tomorrow I migrate into solitary lodgings in Fitz William St. (not far from where Hoare lived). In the mornings I have to arrange my specimens into groups, and to examine all of the geological fragments one by one, which will be a most tedious task, and in the evenings, I shall write.
[Fitzwilliam Street][22 Fitzwilliam Street][ doorway at 22 Fitzwilliam Street]

References cited:
  • Burkhardt, F., et al. 1985. The correspondence of Charles Darwin, Volume 1, 1821--1836. Cambridge, Cambridge Univ. Pr. 702 pp.

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