Fears he cannot supply additional data [on shells].
Makes suggestions for Thomas Edmondston, naturalist on board the Herald, of places to visit and geological data to collect on proposed California expedition.
Down Bromley Kent
I am extremely obliged for your information on depths: I fear I shall not be able to give the additional data, which you require. Should I hereafter be able to do so, I will apply to you again.
I am very glad you have so soon found a naturalist for the Californian expedition I
I do not at all know the route of the expedition, either outwards or homewards
otherwise I would gladly make any suggestions which might occur to me on points worthy
of observation. Have you, or do you know those who have, any power in settling any
point, where the ship might call; for I have little doubt that Cocos
The Revillagego (I forget how to spell it) group off the coast
of Mexico, I believe, has never been visited by a Naturalist. Suggest to
I can think of only one special point of geological interest on the NW. &
Californian, coast viz to ascertain in what latitude southward great
angular erratic boulders have been transported by floating ice over
plains or across wide valleys; this point w
Of course M
Will he visit the Pacific coral-isl
I have had a circular from the Ray Society & I do not know to whom to pay my guinea: I shall be up next council & perhaps you will then inform me.
With many thanks for your information | Believe me | Ever yours sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 867.f1CD was evidently unsuccessful; the figures cited in South America (pp. 193 and 226) are those provided by Forbes previously.
- f2 867.f2Thomas Edmondston. On 21 May 1845, he joined H.M.S. Herald as naturalist, a position secured for him by Forbes. He was accidentally shot in Peru in 1846.
- f3 867.f3Ernst Dieffenbach was apparently considered for the position by the Admiralty, but was not interested (Bell 1976, pp. 110–11).
- f4 867.f4Revilla Gigedo Islands, an archipelago of four islands about five hundred miles off the west coast of Mexico.
- f5 867.f5A society formed in 1844 to publish by subscription works on natural history, which would not otherwise be printed. Both Forbes and CD were members.