Is sending plates for R. T. Lowe's paper [Trans. Cambridge Philos. Soc. 4 (1833): 1–70].
Adds advice on working the surd.
Agrees with CD that Beagle voyage would have been wrong for Jenyns, but assures him he (CD) is the right man. Warns CD against his "foible" of taking offence at rudeness or ungentlemanlike behaviour.
My dear Darwin,
As I have received the plates to Lowe's paper, I thought it
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I have long since seen that the noble expedition upon which you are entering would have
been no way fitted for L. Jenyns. With a little self denial on your part I am
quite satisfied you must reap an abundant harvest of future satisfaction— If I
may say so, one of your foibles is to take offence at rudeness of manners & any
thing bordering upon ungentlemanlike behavior, & I have observed such conduct
often wound your feelings far more deeply than you ought to allow it— I am no
advocate for rudeness God forbid, & still less for any thing dishonorable, but
we must make abundant allowances for mal-education, early contamination, &
vulgar feelings, if we really intend to pass smoothly through life— &
I therefore exhort you most sincerely & affectionately never to feel offended at
any of the coarse or vulgar behavior you will infallibly be subjected to among your
comrades— Take S
Believe me ever Y
- f1 150.f1Lowe 1833. There are six plates: 1--4 of Flora by Miles Joseph Berkeley; 5--6 of Shells by George Brettingham Sowerby Jr.