Thanks CD for his present of a dram bottle [actually a silver-cased compass]. JG will be reminded daily of their friendship when he is in the wilds [of Australia].
My Dear Sir/
I received with much pleasure the token of your friendship wh you have sent me this morning in the way of dram-Bottle and shall treasure it up untill I reach the wilds of the beautiful country I anticipate much pleasure in exploring. Your Gift will there daily remind me of your friendship and the many pleasures we have shared in our favourite persuits
[G] Nat history, etc,
will—also—be of be interest to me as an evidence that our
intercourse has been productive of none but the most [ amicable]
feelings, that your [ two words illeg] [ eyes the blessing of friends]
[illeg] Ever yr J. G.
To C. Darwin Esq
Good Friday 1838
- f1 409a.f1Gould left for Australia on 16 May 1838.
- f2 409a.f2Gould is probably referring to Zoology; he had undertaken to provide descriptions for Birds.