FITZROY, ROBERT. 1805-1865. Autograph Letter Signed ("Robt Fitzroy") to agent Thomas Stilwell, notifying him that the H.M.S. Beagle had landed safely at San Carlos de Chiloe, with plans to take her next to Tierra del Fuego, before returning to England,

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FITZROY, ROBERT. 1805-1865.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Robt Fitzroy") to agent Thomas Stilwell, notifying him that the H.M.S. Beagle had landed safely at San Carlos de Chiloe, with plans to take her next to Tierra del Fuego, before returning to England,

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FITZROY, ROBERT. 1805-1865.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Robt Fitzroy") to agent Thomas Stilwell, notifying him that the H.M.S. Beagle had landed safely at San Carlos de Chiloe, with plans to take her next to Tierra del Fuego, before returning to England, 4 pp, 225 x 186 mm, August 11, 1829, folds, light marginal staining.

FITZROY DISCUSSING THE BEAGLE. Robert Fitzroy to command of H.M.S. Beagle in December of 1828, after Captain Pringle Stokes shot himself while surveying in Tierra del Fuego. He took her through the Straits of Magellan that winter, before landing at San Carlos de Chiloe. Writing to his London agent, he here gives an account of that voyage, and the split with the H.M.S. Adventure, and makes arrangements which will carry the Beagle back to Tierra del Fuego, as well as lauding the instruments of Worthington & Allan, "their spy-glass is by far the best I have ever seen at sea. After returning to England, he would start his search for a scientifically minded companion to accompany him on the long journeys in South America, settling on the young Charles Darwin, cementing his, and his ship's, place in history.
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