From R. H. Corfield   26–7 June 1835

Valparaiso

June 26th 1835

My dear Darwin

I enclose a list of your clothes that you left for washing for which I paid 3$2. and the balance of 5$ 3 I paid Covington, who has paid 3cts for carting your things up to the mole, so that out of the 8\$ 5 you gave me, he has to account to you for 5 dollars—

I do not send the letter you asked for, for Arica as I understand the vessel will not call there, but goes to Iquique where you have a letter for Mr Smith who lives there and I think you would receive little pleasure from an introduction to Gilman’s House, at Lagua.—

Allison will write to you by the Beagle I dined with Capt Fitzroy on board the other day and a very pleasant comfortable evening I spent, so snug in his little cabin. We have got the Stove rigged up in our sitting room and it is really very useful and delightful, to sit round, on a wet night— Caldcleugh is down here he & Wickham dined with me the other day    I have not been able to shew much attention to the officers of the Beagle for they have had a good deal to do, and I myself also busy at present preparing for the ships going to England and it being the end of the half year when there are always plenty of Accts to make out There is very little local news that I hear of and you will probably hear more from Wickham than I can tell you— We are daily expecting some vessels from Lpool, if I get any Salop papers I will send you some by Capt Fitzroy when he rejoins the Beagle at Callao & will then write again to you

I must conclude this stupid letter—and I trust it will find you in good health for the long voyage you have in prospect which I trust will be pleasant & prosperous and with every good wish for your happiness & welfare | Believe me my dear Fellow | very sincerely your friend | R H Corfield

Saturday June 27 1835

I merely add a few lines to ask you to apologise for me to Mr Stokes, whom I wished to have seen more of while staying here and told him I should send an invitation to ask him but some bad weather intervening I have been obliged to delay it until the last moment which being inconvenient for me on account of several little things &tc. I have been obliged to let him go away without seeing him—

A vessel arrived this morning in 90 days from Bourdeaux—. All quiet I understa〈nd〉 〈    〉, The French Ministry changed 〈  〉el Soult3 the new prime mini〈ster.〉 The Emperor of Austria—dead— Mr Abercomby4 the New Speaker of the 〈House〉 of Commons & Sr Chas Sutton,5 mad〈e a〉 peer I am told—

2 vessels sailed from Lpool for this place on 1st March— So I hope to be able to send you some more news soon—

Farewell—take care of yourself | Yours very truly | R H Corfield

Footnotes

Robert FitzRoy had sailed with H.M.S. Blonde to rescue the crew of the Challenger, which had been wrecked on 19 May (see Narrative 2: 429–30 and letter to Caroline Darwin, [19] July – [12 August] 1835).
This may have been a letter to Charles Douglas at Chiloé asking for his observations on the earthquake of 20 February. ‘Being anxious to trace the effects of the earthquake to the south, I wrote, shortly after visiting Concepcion [March 1835], to Mr. Douglas, a very intelligent man, with whom I had become acquainted in the island of Chiloe’ Collected papers 1: 55).
Nicolas Jean de Dieu Soult, Duke of Dalmatia.
James Abercromby.
Charles Manners-Sutton.

Bibliography

Collected papers: The collected papers of Charles Darwin. Edited by Paul H. Barrett. 2 vols. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 1977.

Narrative: Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy.] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.

Summary

Greatly enjoyed CD’s company; has worried about his health. Adds some European and English news.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-278
From
Richard Henry Corfield
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Valparaiso
Source of text
DAR 204: 130
Physical description
5pp