To Edward Cresy [before May 1848?]1
Down, Farnborough, Kent
My dear Sir
Although I have never particularly attended to the points in dispute between Dr King and the other Arctic gentlemen, yet I have carefully read all the articles in the Athenæum,2 and took from them much the same impression as you convey in your letter, for which I thank you. I believe that old sinner Sir J. Barrow has been at the bottom of all the money wasted over the naval expeditions.3 So strongly have I felt on this subject, that when I was appointed on a Committee for Nat. Hist. instructions for present expedition,4 had I been able to attend, I had resolved to express my opinion on the little advantage, comparatively to the expense, gained by them. There have been I believe, from the beginning 18 expeditions;5 this strikes me as monstrous, considering how little is known, for instance, on the interior of Australia. The country has paid dear for Sir John’s hobbyhorse.6 I have very little doubt that Dr King is quite right in the advantage of Land Expeditions as far as geography is concerned;7 and that is now the chief object.8
I thank you very cordially for the trouble you have taken about Darlue;9 I fear I have but a small chance of finding out about the travelling sheep.10
With thanks for your note, pray believe me, | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
I hope Mr & Mrs Cresy are well.
Agrees that naval expeditions to the Arctic are a waste of money. Believes Sir J. Barrow responsible. "Dr [Richard?] King is quite right in the advantage of Land Expeditions".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 805,” accessed on 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-805