Questions about his college bills.
Describes the living conditions he will have on the Beagle.
4 Clarence Baths, | Devonport.
My dear Caroline,
I received your letter the same day that I wrote to Susan— Since which I have
had one from Katty, for which give her my thanks & love.— I want most
particularly & directly to know about the Tutor's bill.— Was there
somewhere about 30£. allowed for my furniture? In fact there could
not have been, and it is too bad of M
Everything goes on in such a regular manner, that I have nothing to write about.— I think Erasmus will come & see me start, so he will describe in how small a compass it is possible to pack a man.— Our ship will be, I fear, a regular raree show.— And the poop cabin being a gay one it will be very troublesome for me.—
I shall begin very soon to stow away my things; but I do not suppose I shall sleep on
board till about a week before starting.— It is very lucky for me that I think
I shall like my fellow companion in the cabin the best of any of the
officers.— Cap. Fitz. has given him a room in the house; so that we
live together.— The advantage of living with the Captain is most decided, his
quiet manners are quite delightful after the riot of the gun room.— The only
drawback now, is the great deficiency of room to pack up things in.— I live in
continual fear.— My room are 15
Love to Susan and tell her I will not take Persuasion, as the Captain says he will not read it, & there is no danger of my forgetting it. More letters the better. Love to all: hurra, for the Valparaiso Volcanoes. | Yours affec— | C. Darwin.
- f1 145.f1The copyist has `October 21st', but CD did not arrive at Devonport until Monday, the 24th (`Beagle' diary, p. 5).
- f2 145.f2Edward John Ash, Tutor and Steward of Christ's College.
- f3 145.f3`A show contained or carried about in a box; a peep-show.' `This word [raree-show] is formed in imitation of the foreign way of pronouncing rare show (Johnson)' (OED).