Pleasant three-day voyage to Plymouth has increased CD's admiration for FitzRoy. Describes the Beagle as an excellent vessel, but the want of room is very bad. He likes the officers.
My dear Susan
I arrived here yesterday evening: after a very prosperous sail of three days from London.— I suppose breathing the same air as a sea Captain is a sort of a preventive: for I scarcely ever spent three pleasanter days.— of course there were a few moments of giddiness, as for sickness I utterly scorn the very name of it.— There were 5 or 6 very agreeable people on board, & we formed a table & stuck together, & most jolly dinners they were.— Cap. Fitz. took a little Midshipman (who by the way knows Sir F. Darwin, his name is Musters) & you cannot imagine anything more kind & good humoured than the Captains manners were to him.— Perhaps you thought I admired my beau ideal of a Captain in my former letters: all that is quite a joke to what I now feel.— Every body praises him, (whether or no they know my connection with him) & indeed, judging from the little I have seen of him, he well deserves it.— Not that I suppose it is likely that such violent admiration—as I feel for him—can possibly last.— No man is a hero to his valet, as the old saying goes.—& I certainly shall be in much the same predicament as one.—
The vessel is a very small one; three masted; & carrying 10 guns: but every body says it is the best sort for our work, & of its class it is an excellent vessel: new, but well tried, &
The time of sailing keeps on receding in a greater ratio, than the present time draws on: I do not believe we shall sail till the 20
I found the money at the Bank, & am much obliged to my Father for it.— My spirits about the voyage are like the tide, which runs one way & that is in favor of it, but it does so by a number of little waves, which may represent all the doubts & hopes that are continually changing in my mind. After such a wonderful high wrought simile I will write no more. So good bye, my dear Susan | Yours C. Darwin
Love to my Father.—
- f1 126.f1Charles Musters, listed as `Volunteer 1st Class' by FitzRoy (Narrative 2: 20).
- f2 126.f2For a detailed description of the Beagle see Darling 1978.