Asks if WHM would be interested in the meteorological observations of the Falkland Islands made by B. J. Sulivan on a recent survey. Such observations are rare and appear to CD to have many points of interest.
12 Upper Gower St
Pray read this note through, before you execrate me as a most troublesome fellow.
A friend of mine Lieut. Sulivan R.N. has lately surveyed the Falkland
Islands.— He was there from Octob.
The upshot of this is, should you like to publish anywhere you choose & reduce these observations.— Sulivan will be delighted if you will do so,—& otherwise, I fear they will be lost, for he says he does not understand enough of Metereology to undertake them.—
If you do not think them worth your while, —will you send me a few notes, stating what kind of means would be the most advantageous & I will try & stimulate him to work them out.— If you are willing,— pray send a list of queries about the manner of obseration which Sulivan shall answer fully.—
I hope & trust they will be thought worthy of your time.— Capt. Kings
obserations at Port Famine in the heart of Tierra del Fuego, & some old Spanish
thermometrical ones at the Falkland Is
Excuse my troubling for the sake of science | & Believe me | Ever yours | Chas. Darwin
Sulivan would be willing to aid you, (should you so chose) in reducing the observations, but the great distance between Falmouth, & Cambridge, I should fear would throw much difficulty in the way of this—
- f1 546.f1Bartholomew James Sulivan commanded H.M.S. Arrow on a surveying expedition to the Falklands in 1838–9.
- f2 546.f2John Frederick Newman had constructed the Royal Society's standard barometer (Goodison 1969, p. 313).
- f3 546.f3Joseph Barclay Pentland. In 1826–7 he and Woodbine Parish carried out an extensive survey of the Bolivian Andes.
- f4 546.f4King 1832. The paper includes barometric and temperature readings made at Port Famine from January to August 1828 (pp. 171–4).
- f5 546.f5Miller thought both Sulivan's observations at the Falklands and FitzRoy's observations at Cape Horn were unreliable because of the variable error in the instruments used (see Glaisher 1852, p. 279).