CD asks the time of shipment and vessel in which the [Megatherium] bones were conveyed.
Patagonia swarms with guanaco, but few other creatures.
Hopes to be able to draw up a tolerable sketch of the geology of the east side of S. America.
Saw Jemmy Button, who is married and will stay in Tierra del Fuego. Mentions Falkland uprising.
H.M.S. Beagle E. Falkland Island
My dear Lumb,
There is a French Whaler lying here which sails to day for M. Video, &
I take this opportunity of writing to you.— I am very anxious that the
Megatherium head, which M
Since the Beagle left the Plata, we have had a pleasant cruize; we spent some time on the coast of Patagonia; the country swarms with Gaunaco several were killed, but besides these, there were few living creatures. For my own part, I found some interesting work for the Geological hammer.— I trust, with what I saw to the North, to be able to draw up a tolerable sketch of the geology of this Eastern side of S. America. We then entered the Straits & passed on to Famine & returned to survey the east coast of Tierra del F.— The entrance of the Straits are found to be much narrower than drawn in the charts.— After the coast was finished we ran down to near Cape Horn, & returned & beat up the Beagle Channel to J. Button's country. Poor Jemmy was quite naked, excepting a rag round his waist; he was however very happy, did not wish to return to England; had not forgotten his English & lastly, but not least, he had married a young; & for a Fuegian, a beautiful Squaw.— From thence, we scudded to this island; this seat of discord for the elements, as well as for Human affairs.— You will have heard of the murder of poor Brisbane &c &c; such scenes of fierce revenge, cold-blooded treachery, & villainy in every form, have been here transacted, as few can equal it.—
I shall be curious to hear what the wise Gov<er>nment of
B. Ayres says on the occasion I suppose ``a just revolt,'' ``their poor
subjects groaning under the tyranny of England'' &c &c. When you write
you must tell me all the gossip. How goes on M
We shall soon Sail to the river of Santa Cruz: it must be from the account of the
Indians an immense one: I will keep my eyes open for Nutrias.— I suppose what
I wrote about the Chupat quite knocked on the head your scheme.
Do not forget to give my best remembrances to M
- f1 241.f1This letter is published, with a full discussion of its background, in Winslow 1975.
- f2 241.f2Mr Keen was the owner of an estancia at which CD stayed on his trip to the Rio Negro in West Uruguay, 22--4 November 1833.
- f3 241.f3Commander of the South American station of the British Navy.
- f4 241.f4Matthew Brisbane.
- f5 241.f5Charles Griffith was British Consul at Buenos Aires. The new Minister Plenipotentiary, Hamilton Charles James Hamilton, did not arrive until 11 October 1834 (BDR, p. 7).
- f6 241.f6See letter from Edward Lumb, 13 November 1833.