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From Federico Delpino1   10 November 1872

Napoli

addì 10. 9bre 1872.

Uomo illustre!

Sul punto di partire per un viaggio di navigazione intorno al mondo sulla R. Pirocorvetta italiana Garibaldi, io mando un saluto al mio illustre predecessore.2

Non mai tanto come ora ho ragione di lamentare la scarsità della mia istruzione scientifica. Potessi avere soltanto la decima parte di quella posseduta dal chiaro autore del Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the world!3

Se Ella ha raccomandazioni e istruzioni a darmi, favorisca indirizzarle a

Prof. Federico Delpino

Genova per Chiavari.

La mia famiglia curerà l’ulteriore ricapito. Io mi sono provveduto della opera succitata, e sarà la mia costante guida e maestra. | Suo devotissimo ammiratore | Fed. Delpino

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 20, Appendix I.
Owing to illness, Delpino had to leave the Garibaldi at Rio de Janeiro and return to Italy (Penzig 1905, p. 296). He alludes to CD’s circumnavigation of the globe on HMS Beagle (see Correspondence vol. 1).
Journal of researches.

Translation

From Federico Delpino1   10 November 1872

Naples

10 November 1872.

Distinguished man!

On the verge of departing on a journey around the world on the Italian R. Steam Corvette Garibaldi, I extend a greeting to my illustrious predecessor.2

Never have I had reason to lament the scantiness of my scientific training more than at this moment. If only I had just the tenth part of the knowledge of the celebrated author of the Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the world!3

If you should have advice or instructions for me, kindly address them to

Prof. Federico Delpino

Genoa via Chiavari.

My family will take care of sending them on. I have availed myself of the above-mentioned work, which will be my constant guide and teacher. | Your most devoted admirer | Fed. Delpino

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original Italian, see pp. 496–7.
Owing to illness, Delpino had to leave the Garibaldi at Rio de Janeiro and return to Italy (Penzig 1905, p. 296). He alludes to CD’s circumnavigation of the globe on HMS Beagle (see Correspondence vol. 1).
Journal of researches.

Summary

Going on circumnavigation voyage aboard the Garibaldi.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8617
From
Federico Delpino
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Naples
Source of text
DAR 162: 150
Physical description
1p (Italian)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8617,” accessed on 26 March 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8617

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20

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