Living quietly on the ship and eating good food has been good for him. He longs for home. Peru is in a miserable state.
My dear Susan
I write to you again, chiefly for the purpose of telling my Father, that I have drawn a
50£ bill instead of 30£, which I mentioned in my last
letter.— So that this must be notified to the Banker, otherwise he will be
surprised at seeing the 50£.— Our prolonged stay in this place, has
caused me to draw for the extra money.— This delay has been a grievous waste
of time for me: the Captain discovered in Lima some old charts &
Papers, which he thinks of considerable importance.— Two of the Midshipmen,
We shall go round the world, like a Flying Dutchman, & without doubt, if this
was the third in stead of the fifth year the cruize would be delightful.— We
shall arrive at Sydney just at the right time of year: the Captain intends going within
the reefs through Iona St
Two men of war have lately arrived from Rio, but they brought no letters for the Beagle; so that the Admiral is forwarding them on to Sydney.— We all on board are looking forward to Sydney, as to a little England: it really will be very interesting to see the colony which must be the Empress of the South.— Capt King has a large farm, 200 miles in the interior.— I shall certainly take horse & start—I am afraid however there are not Gauchos, who understand the real art of travelling.—
I have scarcely stirred out of the Ship for the last fortnight: the country is in such a miserable state of misgovernment, that nothing can exceed it— The President is daily shooting & murdering any one who disobeys his orders.— One is that all property should be at the disposal of the state, & another, that every man from 15 to 40 should enroll himself, as ready to be his soldier.— Yesterday several young men were shot for neglecting to give in their names.— Is not this a precious state of things?—
Good bye, till I again write from Sydney.— Give my most affectionate love to my Father & to all at home.— My dear old Granny. Your affectionate brother | Charles Darwin—
Give my love also to Nancy
- f1 286.f1CD's first sentence makes clear that `May 3
d' is an error. The date was changed to `September', probably by his sister Catherine (see letter from Catherine Darwin, 29 January 1836), and then to `August'. August 3d is the date given by Nora Barlow (Voyage, p. 126) but the reference to Robert FitzRoy makes September the better date, since FitzRoy did not return from the Challenger rescue mission until 9 August (see Narrative 2: 482).
- f2 286.f2Despite his earlier censure by the Admiralty, FitzRoy again purchased a small schooner, the Constitución, with his own funds and apparently again expected to be reimbursed by the Government (see Narrative 2: 482--3; for the Admiralty's negative response see `Beagle' diary, p. 333, n. 45).