Pleased to hear that SC is prospering.
News of FitzRoy, Sulivan and J. L. Stokes.
The Crimean War is badly mismanaged, but Englishmen are behaving nobly.
Wishes he knew what to do with his boys.
Down Farnborough, Kent,
February 28, 1855.
I was very glad to get your letter about six weeks ago, dated August 8, 1854, with so
good an account of yourself, your affairs, and your children. You have exactly the same
family which we have—five boys and two girls; but you beat me in being able to
say that yours are all strong and healthy, which is hardly the case with mine, though
none have anything serious amiss with them. How little you thought when we landed
together at Sydney, that you should one day have land and
house letting for £83 per annum. I am very glad to hear the Colony is
progressing so well, and that, as you say, “our good Queen has not more loyal
subjects in her dominions than are the Australians.” I have lately seen and
heard news, more especially of the gold districts, from a Mr. Mackenzie, who was a
schoolmaster at Sydney and afterwards a surveyor, has made a nice fortune, and, his wife
dying there, he has come back with his one daughter to end his days here, and has
published a little book describing Australia. But he seemed to
regret Australia. I am sure this last winter, with six weeks' frost, and with
the thermometer sometimes at 0
Believe me, with every good wish, your friend, | C. DARWIN.
- f1 1637.f1The Beagle landed at Sydney Cove on 12 January 1836.
- f2 1637.f2David Mackenzie, schoolmaster in Sydney who also acted as a minister in the absence of an official church incumbent. During one of his previous visits to London he had published The emigrant's guide (Mackenzie 1845).
- f3 1637.f3Following a conference of maritime powers at Brussels in 1853, Robert FitzRoy was appointed meteorological statist by the Board of Trade. CD was a member of a committee appointed by the Royal Society to advise the Board on the office (see Mellersh 1968, p. 262).
- f4 1637.f4After the death of his first wife Mary Henrietta in 1852, FitzRoy married Maria Smyth in 1854.
- f5 1637.f5Bartholomew James Sulivan commanded a vessel in naval actions during the war with Russia (H. N. Sulivan ed. 1896). See letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 March , n. 14.
- f6 1637.f6John Lort Stokes shared the poop cabin with CD during the Beagle voyage.