To Robert FitzRoy [19 September 1831]
17 Spring Gardens.
My dear Sir,
I have been hunting in several shops but have not succeeded in obtaining any pasteboard as thick as the sample you gave me. I send with this the thickest sort that they ever keep by them, and I hope it will answer your purpose.— I called on Watkins & Hill, and they promised they would use their best endeavours to hurry the glass house men. likewise they would try to get some colourless talc. I saw Captn. Beaufort on Saturday & the result of the interview was that he could at any time take my name off the books; but that if the Admiralty were disposed to play the part of the wolf, it would not in his opinion make any difference my being or not being on the books— I mentioned that I believed the Surgeons collection1 would be at the disposal of Government2 and this he thought would make it much easier for me to retain the disposal of my collection amongst the different bodies in London. He advised me to reconsider and talk the subject over with you and to call on him before I ultimately left town. I have been very busy these two days in picking up information and everything goes on most prosperously. nothing less than a cable shall prevent me from seeing some time or another a Palm tree in its country; and what opportunity can possibly be better than the present— I do think it is the greatest piece of good fortune that ever happened to me— And I shall always recollect your kindness in helping me in every possible way to my end with the truest pleasure.— I start for Cam tonight, and from thence to Shrewsbury and shall again be in London by the 1st. of October. If you have time and have anything to communicate, I shall be most grateful for a letter as I shall be anxious to hear how everything is going on. Captn. Beaufort said he thought the Surgeon could get apparatus free of expense from Sir W. Barnett3 (or some such name.) but that I had of course better not as I should lose so much vantage ground over the Lords of the Admiralty
Have you Cap. Beecheys voyage to the Pacific? if you have not, I will buy it, as it contains some most excellent Meteorological Journals—
Believe me, dear Sir, | Your most sincerely obliged —| Chas Darwin *S 2
Reports on errands he has done for RF. Has discussed with Beaufort the question of his having right to dispose of his collection.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 131,” accessed on 25 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-131