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"It was in consequence of a wish expressed by Captain Fritz Roy, of having some scientific person on board. As I feel that the opportunities which I enjoyed of studying the natural history of the different countries we visited, have been wholly due to Captain Fitz Roy, I hope I may here be permitted to repeat my expression of gratitude to him; and to add that, during the five years we were together, I received from him the most cordial friendship and steady assistance."

 

 

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