Urges CD to return to the Beagle early in November. Conrad Martens arrives to succeed Augustus Earle as artist for the expedition.
Beagle. Monte Video
My dear Darwin
Two hours since, I received your epistle, dated 26
But firstly of the first—my good Philos why have you told me nothing of your
hairbreadth scapes & moving accidents How many times did you flee from the
Indians? How many precipices did you fall over? How many bogs did you fall
into?— How often were you carried away by the floods? and how many times were
you kilt?— that you were not kilt dead I have visible evidence in
your handwriting,—as well as in a columnar paragraph in M
Wickham gets on famously—really the ``Lighter'' will not merit
trifling considerations— M
``Well, but the conjunctions—the conjunctions'' I hear you saying—``you have got to the end of a sheet of paper without telling me one thing that I wanted to know''.—
—This is the 4
I never will write another letter after tea—that green beverage makes one tipsy—besides it is such a luxury feeling that your epistle is not to go across the wide atlantick—and has only to cross the muddy Plata. It is so awful writing to a person thousands of miles off—when your conscience reproaches you with having been extremely negligent and tells you that six or eight or (oh—how awful) twelve months' ``History'' is due to your expectant and irate correspondent.
Still you get no answer — ``what is the Beagle going to do—will you tell me, or not?''—
Philos—be not irate—have patience and I will tell thee all.
Tomorrow we shall sail, for Maldonado—there we shall remain until the middle of this month;—thence we shall return to Monte Video—to remain quietly, if possible, until the end of the month.— I will try all I can to get away from the River Plate the first week in November but there is much to do—and I shall not be surprised if we are detained even until the middle of November.— However—weather is of such consequence, that every long day gained will tell heavily—and I hope & will try hard to be off Early in November— therefore do not delay your arrival here later than the first few days of November, at the farthest.
You say nothing about the ``Journal of the expedition up the Rio Negro''—nor
have you sent me the map of the province of Buenos Ayres— I pray you to do
the latter —right speedily—and enquire about the
former —from M
Roberts (of the Liebre) passed our bows this morning on board of the ``Paz'' bound to Rio Negro with a cargo of tobacco. he did not honor us with a visit—nor did he ask for Chico—respecting the former, he was somewhat rude, and as to the latter rather wise I think.—
Adios Philos—Ever very faithfully yours. Rob
- f1 218.f1James Harris.
- f2 218.f2Thomas Samuel Hood, British Consul-General in Montevideo (see Narrative 2: 293--4).
- f3 218.f3Conrad Martens, who replaced Augustus Earle as draughtsman. Earle's poor health had forced him to leave the Beagle in August.
- f4 218.f4The actual date was 6 December 1833. The delay was caused by the need to complete the charts of the surveys made by the Liebre and Paz (`Beagle' diary, pp. 191, 200).
- f5 218.f5Philip Yorke Gore, Chargé d'Affaires in Buenos Aires.
- f6 218.f6Mr Roberts was the pilot on board the Liebre (Narrative 2: 110).