From George Peacock to J. S. Henslow [6 or 13 August 1831]1
My dear Henslow
Captain Fitz Roy is going out to survey the southern coast of Terra del Fuego, & afterwards to visit many of the South Sea Islands & to return by the Indian Archipelago: the vessel is fitted out expressly for scientific purposes, combined with the survey,: it will furnish therefore a rare opportunity for a naturalist & it would be a great misfortune that it should be lost:
An offer has been made to me to recommend a proper person to go out as a naturalist with this expedition;2 he will be treated with every consideration; the Captain is a young man of very pleasing manners (a nephew of the Duke of Grafton), of great zeal in his profession & who is very highly spoken of; if Leonard Jenyns could go, what treasures he might bring home with him, as the ship would be placed at his disposal, whenever his enquiries made it necessary or desirable;3 in the absence of so accomplished a naturalist, is there any person whom you could strongly recommend: he must be such a person as would do credit to our recommendation
Do think on this subject: it would be a serious loss to the cause of natural science, if this fine opportunity was lost
The ship sails about the end of Septr.
Poor Ramsay! what a loss to us all & particularly to you
Write immediately & tell me what can be done
Believe me | My dear Henslow | Most truly yours | George Peacock *S 2
7. Suffolk Street | Pall Mall East
My dear Henslow
I wrote this letter on Saturday, but I was too late for the Post: What a glorious opportunity this would be for forming collections for our museums: do write to me immediately & take care that the opportunity is not lost
Believe me | My dear Henslow | Most truly yours | Geo Peacock *S 2
7. Suffolk St. | Monday
GP has been asked to recommend a naturalist to sail with Capt. Robert FitzRoy to Tierra del Fuego and the South Sea Islands. If Leonard Jenyns is not available, whom would JSH recommend?
P.S. Urges JHS not to lose this opportunity to have collections made for "our museum".