His troubles during the revolution have ended well.
Now plans to investigate geological formations at Rio Negro. Is concerned about the expense but cannot bear to miss seeing "one of the most curious pieces of Geology".
My dear Caroline
I have to thank you for a letter dated September 1
I have just packed up a Cargo of specimens. I send home nearly 200 skins of
birds & the smaller quadrupeds & a fine set of fossil bones.—
There is one skeleton, sufficiently mutilated, of an animal, of which I do not think
there exists at present on the globe any relation.— I
am now living on shore in the house of an English merchant; as they are so busy,
chart-making on board, that they would have nothing to say to me till this Packet sails.
The whole coast of Patagonia is now completed, & please Providence, we trust by
late in the Autumn to say the same of Tierra del Fuego. Poor Earl has never been well
since leaving England & now his health is so entirely broken up, that he leaves
us.— a M
We are all beginning to long for ``blue water'' & I am sure I do, if it is merely to prevent my spending money.— My present scheme is not a very great one. I go to Colonia del Sacramiento, then up the coast of the Uruguay to the R. Negro, to the town of Mercedes.—from thence back in direct line to M: Video or perhaps to the lime-kilns at Paysandu, 25 leagues up the Uruguay.— the whole round will be under 400 miles.—& the whole country inhabite<d.> There is peace at last a Buenos Ayres, so that I have lost very little of my property.— Do you ever hear in England of these revolutions, which are considered as so important in this poor country?— It is late. I am not in a writing humour, so I will wish you good night.—
Give my love all & my thanks for all the long & very nice letters.— I will write again before we sail.— Yours very affectionately | Chas. Darwin.—
Love to Nancy
- f1 230.f1Since CD does not give the location in which he found it, the fossil cannot be identified in Fossil Mammalia, but it may be the one, still unidentified in 1846, mentioned on p. 84 of South America as `fragments of a head of some gigantic Edental quadruped' found at Punta Alta.
- f2 230.f2Antony Vandyke Copley Fielding.
- f3 230.f3CD does not record any visit to Paysandu but he saw a lime kiln on the way to Mercedes (see `Beagle' diary, p. 194).