A new ear trumpet has been sent to SC as a present.
Sends news of his publications, health, and other developments since SC left for Australia.
Down, near Bromley, Kent
October 7th 1843
N.B. This will be my direction for the rest of my life. Dear Covington.
Your new ear trumpet has gone by the ship Sultana. It is enclosed in a box from Messrs Smith & Elder to their correspondent, Mr. Evans (I suppose, bookseller). I was not able to get it sent sooner. You must accept it as a present from me.
I presume you will have to pay a trifle for carriage. I recommend you to take your old one to some skilful tinman, and by the aid of an internal plaster cast I have no doubt he could make them.
All that is required is an exact resemblance in form.
I should think it would answer for him to make one, & hang it up in his shop with an advertisement.
I was glad to get your last letter with so good an account of yourself, and that you had made a will. My health is better since I have lived in the country.
I have now three children. I am yet at work with the materials collected during the voyage. My coral-reef little book has been published for a year—the subject on which you copied so much M.S. The Zoology of the voyage of the Beagle is also completed.
I have lately heard that the Beagle has arrived safe & sound in the Thames, but I have heard no news of any of the Officers. Your friends at Shrewsbury often enquire after you. I forget whether I ever you that Mrs. Evans is married & that my father has built them a nice little house to live in.
Captain Fitzroy you will have heard, is gone to New Zealand as Governor. I believe he intended to call at Sydney.
With best wishes for your prosperity, which is sure to follow you if you continue in your old, upright, prudent course.
Believe me, yours very faithfully | C. Darwin.
- f1 700.f1From 1837 to 1843 the Beagle was employed in surveying coastal areas of Australia under the successive commands of John Clements Wickham and John Lort Stokes. For an account of the voyage see Stokes 1846.
- f2 700.f2Wife of Robert Waring Darwin's butler at The Mount, Shrewsbury.