Has just heard of RF's return [from New Zealand]. Hopes to see him.
CD and family are well, but he is a different man in strength and energy from when he was "Flycatcher" in the Beagle.
Has just finished his book [South America].
Down. Farnborough. Kent.
I did not hear for more than 4 weeks after your return that you were in
England, and now, though I have nothing particular to say—I cannot resist
writing to congratulate you on your safe arrival after your bad passage home, and to express my most sincere hope that
I hope that your health has not suffered and that you are as strong & vigorous
as formerly— I have hardly the assurance to ask you to spare time to write to
me, but I should be very glad to hear about yourself
I am aware how little chance there is of your having time to spare, but if ever when in
I think I ought to apologise for the length of this letter.— Pray give my
kind & respectful regards to M
- f1 1002.f1FitzRoy, with his wife and children, had endured a stormy sea journey following his recall from his post as governor of New Zealand.
- f2 1002.f2FitzRoy 1846, an account of his governorship.
- f3 1002.f3FitzRoy had been obliged to deal with conflicts between British settlers and the native Maoris. He was unable to satisfy either side, and his independent approach to problems displeased the Colonial Office. He was replaced by George Grey in October 1845 (Mellersh 1968, pp. 234–5). FitzRoy evidently incurred considerable private expense as governor (see letter from B. J. Sulivan, 13 January – 12 February 1845).
- f4 1002.f4The Beagle barnacles are included in the monographs on Living Cirripedia (1851, 1854). CD's intention to describe other marine invertebrates was not realised. Chancellor et al. 1987 provides descriptions of the Beagle invertebrates now in the Oxford University Museum.