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To Philip Parker King   [21 January 1836]

[Bathurst, New South Wales]1

My dear Sir

I arrived here yesterday evening, certainly alive, but half roasted with the intense heat.— If my horses do not fail, I shall reach Dunheved2 on Sunday evening & if you are at home, shall have much pleasure in staying with you the ensuing day.— I have seen nothing remarkable in the Geology or indeed I may add in anything else: It appears me, very singular, how very uniform the character of the scenery remains, in so many miles of country. At Mr Walker’s Farm I staid one day, & went out Kangaroo hunting, but had not the good fortune even to see one. In the evening however, we went with a gun in pursuit of the Platypi & actually killed one.— I consider it a great feat, to be in at the death of so wonderful an animal.— I shall take advantage of your note of introduction to Mr Hughes & sleep there tomorrow night: if I should hear of anything remarkable in rocks of the neighbouring mountains I might be delayed there one day, in which case I should not reach Dunheved till Monday evening.—

Believe me, Dear Sir | Very sincerely Yours. | Charles Darwin.


Bathurst is located on the banks of the Macquarie River about 100 miles inland from Sydney. CD had arrived there on 20 January (see ‘Beagle’ diary, p. 383).
King had retired to Dunheved, Penrith, N.S.W.


CD informs PPK of his impending arrival at Dunheved, Penrith; news of his journey thus far.

Letter details

Letter no.
Darwin, C. R.
King, P. P.
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Bathurst , N.S.W.
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 293,” accessed on 23 October 2016,