RF declines to give an opinion on the wording of the preface to CD's volume [Journal and remarks, vol. 3 of Narrative, published separately as Journal of researches] and refers him to a disinterested third party.
Captain FitzRoy presents his compliments to
Captain FitzRoy therefore begs to decline giving any opinion—at
present—upon the wording of a preface to
Chester Street. 31.
- f1 386.f1Sir William Edward Parry.
- f2 386.f2The reference is either to Journal and remarks, volume three of Narrative, which CD had finished proofreading in November, or the first number of Fossil Mammalia, Zoology Part 1, due to appear in January 1838. FitzRoy's letter of 16 November 1837 contains references to both works and CD's note may well have contained the text of a general acknowledgment to be used in both prefaces. The preface that FitzRoy saw has not been found; his letter to CD on 16 November 1837, however, makes clear what offended him.