Has just heard Beagle sailing is delayed so he will remain another week in London. Asks whether RF has a good set of mountain barometers, which geologists tell him are important.
17 Spring Gardens.
Very many thanks for your letter; it has made me most comfortable, for it would have
been heart breaking to have left anything quite behind & I never should have
thought of sending things by some other vessel. This letter will, I trust accompany some
talc.— I read your letter without attending to the name. But I have now
procured some from Jones which appears very good—and I will send it this
evening by the Mail. You will be surprised at not seeing me propriâ
personâ instead of my handwriting But I had just found out that the large
steam Packet did not intend to Sail on Sunday & I was picturing to myself a
small dirty cabin with the proportion of 39/40 of the passengers very
Have you a good set of mountain barometers— Several
great guns in the Scientific World have told me some points in geology to ascertain
which entirely depend on their relative height. If you have not a good stock I will add
one more to the list— I ought to be ashamed to trouble you so much but will
you send one line to inform me? I am daily becoming more anxious to be off and
if I am so you must be in a perfect fever. What a glorious day the 4
Believe me dear FitzRoy, | Yours most sincerely, | Cha
I hope I have not put you to much inconvenience by ordering the room in readiness—
- f1 142.f1CD took with him a set of aneroid barometers. The tables for their use, with CD's notes, are in Jones's companion to the mountain barometer & tables in DAR 196.2.