Hopes to be able to help Cambridge Philosophical Society with his collections, but thinks most will have to go to British Museum.
Describes Beagle quarters, the surgeon [Robert McCormick, M.D.], and officers.
Asks JSH's advice on studying mathematics.
4 Clarence Baths | Devonport
My dear Henslow
Your letter has filled me with consternation.— I never knew anything so
stupid as my making such a mistake.— I have lost your letter, but I have no
doubt you are right.— If I merely trusted to recollection, I should yet think
it was 7'12.— But after the little swindling affair with your brother, I will
not trust my own self: It is too bad of me to give you so much unnecessary trouble, but
perhaps you can find out the prices of the principal things such as paper &
binding books, & that will be sufficient to know which of the sums it
is.— I can easily through my brother contrive to pay you.— I am very
much obliged for your directions about consingment.— I believe most of the
things will first go to Falmouth (where I must get an agent), & then to
Cambridge.— I will tell my Father that you will send him a note with an
account of what you pay for me.—and I do not think you will find him as
careless as I am.— I hope to be able to assist the Philosoph. Society when I
come back.—but from all I hear, I suppose I shall be in honor bound to give
largely to British Museum.— Every thing here goes on very prosperously. My
beau ideal of a Captain is determined to make me as comf<ort>able as he
possibly can.— But the corner of the cabin, which is my private property, is
most wofully small.— I have just room to turn round & that is
all.— My friend the Doctor is an ass, but we jog on
very amicably: at present he is in great tribulation, whether his cabin shall be painted
French Grey or a dead white— I hear little excepting this subject from
him.— The gun-room officers are a fine set of fellows, but rather rough,
& their conversation is oftentimes so full of slang & sea phrases that
it is as unintelligible as Hebrew to me.— Our Cabins are fitted most
luxuriously with nothing except Mahogany: in short, every thing is going on as well
possible. I only wish they were a little faster.— I am afraid we shall not
bonâ fide sail till 20
What an important Epoch 1831 will be in my life. taking one
degree, & starting for Patagonia are each in their respective way memorable
events.— And you have been most instrumental in getting them both.—
Remember me most kindly to M
Ever yours my dear Henslow | Most affectionately | Chas. Darwin
You give me your brother direction 12 Clements Inn. Is that right?
- f1 144.f1Presumably CD refers to Robert McCormick, the Beagle's surgeon, though not M.D. For a more sympathetic appreciation, see Keevil 1943.
- f2 144.f2Henry William Askew.
- f3 144.f3Daniel Darnell.