Is searching for a tooth of Carcharias which he might have left with RO.
Down | Farnborough | Kent
A year or two ago, some one (I think M
I return with interest your Christmas good wishes.—
My old skipper FitzRoy exaggerated, I am sorry for my credit-sake to say, about that glacier wave & the boats,—which so nearly shipwrecked us & would have left us without, food or or arms above a hundred miles from our ship in the midst of most detestable savages.
Very sincerely yours | C. Darwin
- f1 13834.f1The date range is suggested by the date of publication of South America, in which the fossil remains of the Coquimbo beds are discussed, and by the address: CD did not generally use `Down Farnborough Kent' after October 1855.
- f2 13834.f2Searles Valentine Wood was a specialist on Tertiary molluscs.
- f3 13834.f3This letter may be related to one to an unidentified correspondent, 31 December [1852--3] (Correspondence vol. 5), in which CD described the Tertiary shells he had found in the Coquimbo bed at Herradura Bay, Chile.
- f4 13834.f4CD had sent his fossil bones and a number of other specimens collected on the Beagle voyage to the Royal College of Surgeons. See Correspondence vol. 1, letter to Caroline Darwin, 9--12 August 1834; and vol. 4, letter to J. T. Quekett, 7 September .
- f5 13834.f5The incident took place in Tierra del Fuego and was described by Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle, in Narrative 2: 216--17.