CD's luggage is frightfully bulky, though he has been as economical as possible. Has made financial arrangements for his expenses.
Plans to study mathematics during voyage.
17 Spring Gardens.
I have nothing very particular to write about, except to assure you, that you shall
have no occasion to ``damn those shore-going fellows.'' It is much more likely that I
should do the same to sea & shore fellows, if anything was to prevent my coming
with you. All things go on most prosperously and everybody who knows me highly approves
of my undertaking— I should be perfectly happy if it was not for the contest
that is continually going on in my mind between the utility and the bulk of any intended
object.— I do assure you I have been
as economical as I possibly could, but my luggage is frightfully
bullky—. I look forward with consternation to seeing M
With many thanks for all the interest you have shewn in my affairs believe me, dear
FitzRoy | Yours ever most sincerely | Cha
I saw George Cavendish who is in the Rifles & he gives a very poor character to our friend the Major. *S 2
- f1 139.f1John Clements Wickham, First Lieutenant of the Beagle.
- f2 139.f2Augustus Earle, an artist engaged by FitzRoy as draughtsman for the voyage. On 19 November 1831 FitzRoy reported to Beaufort: `Messrs. Earle and Darwin are the very men, of all others, for their employment, and I assure you that Darwin has not yet shown one trait which has made me feel other than glad when I reflect how much we shall be together.' (F. Darwin 1912, p. 547).
- f3 139.f3CD did not arrive at Devonport until 24 October (`Beagle' diary, p. 5).