Has returned CD's Beagle journal MS. Thinks it would be an interesting account even if they did not know CD, and that it will be successful if published; the less it is mixed up with FitzRoy's journal, the better.
My dear Charles
I hope by this time you have received your manuscript which we entrusted on Sunday to
Erasmus to send to you It is difficult to discriminate how much of the interest we felt
in it belongs to yourself, from what it would have possessed if it had been written by
an indifferent person. I think however that it would have been a very interesting
journal even in that case. I am not in general a good reader of travels, but I found no
part of yours tedious. We read a great deal of it aloud too, which is a more severe
test. I am afraid we have done but little towards the end for which you lent it us,
having only marked a few of the passages that pleased us most, & that not
throughout. I was especially interested with your account of Otaheite & New
Zealand. I think that of New Holland to which you called my attention is well worth
insertion. In short there is more variety and a greater number of interesting portions
than in 99.100
Will you remember me very kindly to Henslow. | Yours affect
- f1 332.f1See letter to Caroline Darwin, [7 December 1836].
- f2 332.f2The manuscript of the `Beagle' diary has a marginal comment at the end of CD's explanation of the formation of lagoon islands: `Good, but the 1st pt not quite clear'. This notation, and several others, were probably made by Hensleigh Wedgwood and not, as Nora Barlow conjectured, by Robert FitzRoy (see `Beagle' diary, pp. 304 n., 317 n., 328 n., 400 n.).