Sends two boxes of specimens and part of his "hum-drum letter-like" journal.
My dear Henslow.—
This letter is merely to inform you that I send by H.M.S. Challenger two
boxes, with Specimens.— She does not sail from this port till January,
& will not arrive in England for at least 4 months afterwards. This letter goes by the Challenger to England.— In one
of the Cases, I have given you an account of all our proceedings & future
prospects &c &c.— I have also sent a part of my
Journal.— would you be kind enough to direct & book it by some Coach
Continue to direct Valparaiso: if you know any person in Liverpool who would post your
letters to me by any of the numerous ships to this port I should receive them a couple
of months sooner.— in this case, they must be directed to the care of
R. Corfield Esq
- f1 263.f1The Challenger sailed from Coquimbo on 5 February 1835, but did not proceed to England. After arriving at Rio de Janeiro in March, she set out on 1 April on her ill-fated voyage to the west coast of South America (see `Loss of His Majesty's frigate Challenger' 1835). CD's cases, if they were shipped in the Challenger, may have been transferred to another vessel at Rio de Janeiro.