Sends detailed report on the prospects for a settlement on the coast of Patagonia, pointing out many problems, and recommending instead the Falkland Islands.
Down, Farnborough, Kent,
– I saw very little of the country near New Bay & was not at
the Chupat; what I did see was poor & water generally
absent; there w
… under British Rule, as in Australia, I have no doubt it w
Sir | Your obet. sert | C. Darwin
- f1 1229a.f1The cover of the letter is addressed ‘P. Simmonds Es
q| 6 Barge Yard | Bucklesbury | London’. The Post Office London Directory (1849) records that ‘Peter L. Simmonds & Co. adv. & gen. agts.’ traded from this address. Simmonds was a newspaper and advertising agent.
- f2 1229a.f2The address and date as given in the sale catalogue.
- f3 1229a.f3The Chubut River, Patagonia (see Correspondence vol. 1, letter from Edward Lumb, 13 November 1833).
- f4 1229a.f4The preceding text has been taken from the transcription provided by the sale catalogue; the text from here to the end of the letter is transcribed from a page reproduced in facsimile in the catalogue.
- f5 1229a.f5The original letter is complete and described in the sale catalogue as being three quarto pages.