Sends news of his movements since Beagle put in at Falmouth. His charts are safe and already being engraved.
Announces his engagement.
What you will say to me for not having written before I know not—but really I have not been idle or forgetful.
I trusted to Fuller for all immediately necessary information and I will now try to give you the rest.
Captain Beaufort was out of town when my letters & papers reached London (from Falmouth) and the Chart duster put them away in a corner (excepting one private one) to await Capt. B's return!!! Those papers related to the Chronometric results &c &c—upon which the necessity for our going to Woolwich was to be founded—
Orders had been sent to Plymouth for the Beagle to pay off there—but
All was satisfactorily settled in a very short time—and they acceded civilly
to my proposal of calling at Portsmouth. I was delighted to see that the
I have promised to give them a short paper for the Geog
Rice Trevor & Alex
Who the deuce was my cousin in a broad brimmed hat?
I was delighted by your letter.— The account of your family—& the joy tipsy style of the whole letter were very pleasing. Indeed Charles Darwin I have also been very happy—even at that horrid place Plymouth—for that horrid place contains a treasure to me which even you were ignorant of!! Now guess—and think & guess again. Believe it, or not,—the news is true —I am going to be married!!!!!!! to Mary OBrien—
Now you may know that I had decided on this step, long very long
ago.— All is settled & we shall be married in December. Rice Trevor
Money matters are better than you think. Your's most sincerely |
Beagle. Portsmouth 20
- f1 312.f1Fuller was FitzRoy's steward in the Beagle (`Beagle' diary, p. 81).
- f2 312.f2The plan for the chronometric readings called for the final reading to be made at Greenwich. This was done on 28 October, after which the Beagle proceeded to Woolwich to be paid off (Narrative 2: 638).
- f3 312.f3FitzRoy's outstanding ability as a surveyor was cited in a report to the House of Commons, 10 February 1848. Captain Beaufort is quoted as saying, `From the Equator to Cape Horn, and from thence round to the river Plata on the eastern side of America, all that is immediately wanted has been already achieved by the splendid survey of Captain Robert FitzRoy' (DNB, `Robert FitzRoy').
- f4 312.f4FitzRoy 1836.
- f5 312.f5George Rice Trevor, married to FitzRoy's sister Frances.
- f6 312.f6Mary Henrietta O'Brien, daughter of a country gentleman and Major General (Mellersh 1968, p. 172).