His work [on vol. 2 of Narrative] is going slowly.
Has no objection to anything in CD's excellent volume. CD should "entertain no further scruple on that subject".
26. Feb. /38.
My dear Darwin
Not the slightest inconvenience was caused by your keeping Richardson, I assure you,— Had I wished to look at it—I would have written but it is not in my line.
The work you ask about is going on steadily—though not on a railroad— I am rather old fashioned in habits as well as ideas—Ergo—a slow coach.
I am happy to say that there is nothing whatever in your excellent and well-filled volume, to which I have any kind of objection to offer—therefore I trust that you will entertain no further Scruple on that Subject.
I have sealed up the copy sent to me by your Printer and will forward it to Capt. B. Hall with King's.
Sincerely yours | Rob
PS. As my boy has to go near G
I have this moment had an application from poor Earle—who—it seems—has been somewhat overthrown by the New Zealand Association—or at least disappointed in his own Expectations.
- f1 403.f1Possibly John Richardson's Fauna Boreali-Americana (1829–37).
- f2 403.f2CD's Journal and remarks and, it appears from this letter, Philip Parker King's narrative of the early voyage of the Beagle and Adventure, were already in print, though publication did not take place until FitzRoy had finished his volume and its appendix in 1839. Presumably proofs were being sent to Captain Basil Hall for comment or for the preparation of a review (see letter from Robert FitzRoy, [20 March 1839]).
- f3 403.f3See letter to J. S. Henslow, 21 January 1838, n. 4.
- f4 403.f4The Association was established in 1837, under the direction of Edward Gibbon Wakefield, to promote the colonisation of New Zealand. Augustus Earle had visited New Zealand in 1827, before he joined the Beagle as draughtsman, and had published an account of his visit (Earle 1832). The disparagement of the work of missionaries by Earle and others stirred FitzRoy and CD to come to their defence in ‘A letter, containing remarks on the moral state of Tahiti, New Zealand, &c.’ (Collected papers 1: 19–38).