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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Philip Gidley King   19 April 1863

Goonoo Goonoo N.S.W

Apl 19/63.

My dear Mr. Darwin

You cannot think with what pleasure I received a note from you by the last Mail enclosing a Photograph of yourself—.1 It was a Strange feeling that came over me as I identified one by one the now well remembered features of what you must permit me to call yr. dear old face. And as I ga⁠⟨⁠ze⁠⟩⁠ upon your likeness r⁠⟨⁠emini⁠⟩⁠scences of my youth appear to come back to me.2 I fancy I see you in your old corner behind the mizen-mast with neither room to bend or turn still pursuing your studies in Natural History with unwonted zeal, but I will not bore you with these reminiscences   suffice it to say that few things have given me greater pleasure lately ⁠⟨⁠th⁠⟩⁠an the opportunity you have ⁠⟨⁠given⁠⟩⁠ me of reproducing in my minds eye the very expression of your eye & mouth.

I am so sorry to think you suffer so much from ill health but you are living on to a good age at any rate, and I trust the Scientific world will not lose you yet.

Accept my dear friend the best wishes of yr. old Shipmate | Philip Gidley King

Footnotes

The letter to King has not been found.
King had been a midshipman on the Beagle from 1831 to 1836. In 1836 he left the Beagle to join his father, Phillip Parker King, a retired naval officer who had emigrated to New South Wales, Australia. See Correspondence vol. 1.

Bibliography

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Summary

CD’s photograph evokes PGK’s reminiscence of CD in the Beagle.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-4109
From
Philip Gidley King
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Goonoo Goonoo, New South Wales
Source of text
DAR 169: 27
Physical description
3pp damaged

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4109,” accessed on 16 October 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-4109.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11

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