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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Francis Beaufort to Robert FitzRoy   1 September [1831]

Sep 1st

My dear Sir

I believe my friend Mr Peacock of Triny College Cambe has succeeded in getting a “Savant” for you— A Mr Darwin grandson of the well known philosopher and poet—full of zeal and enterprize and having contemplated a voyage on his own account to S. America

Let me know how you like the idea that I may go or recede in time | F B


Believes he has found a "savant" for FitzRoy in CD, whom he describes as grandson of Erasmus Darwin and "full of zeal and enterprize".

Letter details

Letter no.
Francis Beaufort
Robert FitzRoy
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Source of text
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Archive (Letter Book no. 3, p. 233)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 113,” accessed on 11 July 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 1