Finds CD's journal very entertaining and interesting, but thinks his style in first part too much influenced by Humboldt.
Sends some books by Harriet Martineau and Archbishop Whately.
Rejoices that the more he sees of Negroes, the better he thinks of them.
My dear Charles—
I have been reading with the greatest interest your journal & I found it very entertaining & interesting, your writing at the time gives such reality to your descriptions & brings every little incident before one with a force that no after account could do. I am very doubtful whether it is not pert in me to criticize, using merely my own judgment, for no one else of the family have yet read this last part—but I will say just what I think—I mean as to your style. I thought in the first part (of this last journal) that you had, probably from reading so much of Humboldt, got his phraseology & occasionly made use of the kind of flowery french expressions which he uses, instead of your own simple straight forward & far more agreeable style. I have no doubt you have without perceiving it got to embody your ideas in his poetical language & from his being a foreigner it does not sound unnatural in him— Remember, this criticism only applies to parts of your journal, the greatest part I liked exceedingly & could find no fault, & all of it I had the greatest pleasure in reading—
Susan I dare say told you in her letter to Valparaiso dated
The papers now are very full of Captain Ross's safe return, he
seems to be quite satisfied with what he has done in finding there is no passage south
- f1 224.f1Martineau 1833--4.
- f2 224.f2Whately 1829.
- f3 224.f3Captain John Ross had just returned from an Arctic surveying voyage, 1829--33, in search of the North-West Passage.