Sir John Herschel has not received the parcel of "Scientific Instructions", which was posted on the 15th. He requests an accurate search at the Admiralty.
Down | Farnborough | Kent
I have just heard from Sir John Herschel that my parcel of ``Scientific Instructions'' has not been received, or has been mislaid at the Admiralty.
It was of such very large size & secured inside with string, that I think it
quite impossible, that it can have been lost by the Post Office.— I have
traced it into the Office at this place where it was posted, I believe on the
On H. M. Service To the Secretary (for Sir J. W. Herschel B) Admiralty London Scientific Instructions C. Darwin
I think it certain that it is at the Admiralty, or has been sent to some other person,
instead of to Sir J. Herschel. Or is it possible that L
I beg to remain | Sir | Your very obedient ser
I should be extremely much obliged by an answer after a search & then I will
write to the Post Office
To R A B. Hamilton Esq
- f1 1166a.f1Although CD addressed the letter to `R A B. Hamilton Esq', this seems to have been a mistake. The letter is clearly intended to go to W. A. B. Hamilton, who was secretary to the Admiralty from 1845 to 1855; it is included in Hamilton's papers in the Public Record Office.
- f2 1166a.f2The year is given by the reference to CD's chapter on geology prepared for the Admiralty Manual of scientific enquiry, edited by John Frederick William Herschel (Herschel ed. 1849). CD completed his chapter on 20 March 1848 (see Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix I).
- f3 1166a.f3CD had sent his parcel of manuscript on 21 March (see Correspondence vol. 4, letter to J. F. W. Herschel, [21 March 1848]).
- f4 1166a.f4George Eden, Earl of Auckland, was first lord of the Admiralty from 1846 to 1849.
- f5 1166a.f5A letter from Herschel, dated 23 March 1848, instructing Hamilton to search for the parcel had already been circulated in the Admiralty to no avail. This letter bears an official stamp `MAR. 28 1848'. CD's letter was also circulated, but the Admiralty was unable to trace the manuscript and CD had to send another copy to Herschel. See Correspondence vol. 4, letter to J. F. W. Herschel, 7 May .