# From Edward Lumb   13 November 1833

Buenos Ayres

Novr. 13 1833

My dear Sir

I am in due receipt of your’s of the 5th. inst and am glad to find your stay delayed a little longer than you anticipated in Montevideo— You would receive fr. Rosa all your goods & chattels & also the announcement of our reconstruction here so that now we are all quiet

I could not send you either the shot or powder both being prohibited by the law here and under present circumstances it was impossible to obtain per- mission— The Chart some of your Officers saw at Bahia Blanca was the original or a Copy of the one given by Capt. Fitz Roy to the Government & borrowed by me for the use of the Captain of the Dolores— it is not published and I believe the Government do not intend publishing it: On your receiving your goods you will I think say that I fore told your wishes as they are packed as you require them I hope you will not lose any part of them I gave them in particular charge of the Captain and Owner who was also on board—

We have an American 18 gun Ship from Valparaiso homeward bound here; she arrived yesterday—

## CD annotations

On cover: 17 | 11$\frac{1}{2}$ [illeg] | [illeg] [Guide] | 8$\frac{1}{2}$
M’ | M

## Footnotes

The Indian name for the Chubut River in Patagonia. It had been explored by John Clements Wickham with the Liebre in February 1833 (see Narrative 2: 306–9). The Beagle did not, however, call there.
According to Robert FitzRoy the location of the Chubut had been concealed for many years ‘on account of the lucrative trade some individuals hoped to carry on by means of hides and tallow obtained from the herds of wild cattle’ (Narrative 2: 307).

## Bibliography

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

Sending shot or powder is illegal, but all CD’s goods and chattels have been sent. EL’s services to CD are what any Englishman should do for his country.

## Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-231
From
Edward Lumb
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Buenos Aires
Source of text
DAR 204.7
Physical description
2pp