Graham Gore to Eliza Stewart (1842)
This letter was written and sent from the HMS Beagle, then on its 3rd voyage, as it made a stop in Sydney. The original, and a transcription by a later family member, can be found in the “Papers of the Gore Family” at the National Library Australia, under reference code MS 7955.
After all my hurry we are not off yet nor likely to sail for the next week so they might I think have given me another week in the country. Capt. Stokes appears to regret now he did not do so but that is off little consolation to me. I can not prevail on Mrs Stokes to go to Gilmour and stay during our absence altho I guaranteed Father would send his gig as far as Berrima for her, she is in very delicate health and afraid to undertake the journey, [I think it is no wonder as she is living in a perfect swamp,]1 paying a hundred a year rent and [conditions] fitted to be the habitation of ducks [I have just seen Capt. King, he desires to [be] remembered [to you], all his family well, and [making off] to Port Stevens. To day I dine with the [Camp]bells and tomorrow with the Griffiths, [Mrs Futter] I have not yet seen my time has been [occu]pied preparing for sea. Last evening [we had] a little Bandgée at the Campbells [place Skip Campbell at the piano, Mr Palmer] on the Tamborine and your humble servant on the flute_ you may perceive I am not moping altho’ a leetle annoyed_ you may venture to answer this to Sydney and afterwards I shall expect letters at Launceston & Port Phillip. Mrs Futter is not yet gone nor does she appear to know when she is going, she is well and staying at the Campbells. There are great disturbances in India, and if not soon quelled the empire will totter, for if once the indian princes find [that we are not invincible there will] be a general [revolution and most likely Rupees will reign there. Sydney] harbour is very full of shipping, and men [appear] to be gradually recovering themselves. [Had I] have forseen, our long stay here I should like to have had Edward here, but [since they] told me we should sail on the 2nd it [would not] have been worth his while had we [done so.] I heard of the Moulds from a mail [mana]ger who saw them on the 20th all w[ere well. George graduated and is getting into practice]. Tell Father I gave Georges [order to Campbell] and also paid the amount of his order he lent me_ Charles C. & family are still here and do not know when they are coming up the country
Remembrance to all & kiss the little ones for me
Believe me Dear Eliza
Your affectionate Brother GmGore
April 5th 1842