23 September 2004
[John Lort Stokes (1812-1885)]
Autograph letter signed by A. Thom, 8 June 1843, addressed to Stokes on board the Beagle at Port Louis, Mauritius, four pages, 4to, envelope.
Thom writes on his work in tracing the movement and behaviour of the recent hurricane in the vicinity of Mauritius, and begs Stokes to await the conclusion of this work before he places the matter before the Admiralty. He comments on the ignorance of the ships' masters involved of the true nature of the hurricane, on the slow movement of the eye of the hurricane, and on the correct course of action for a ship caught in it.
Stokes and the Beagle were returning home from their survey of the coasts of Australia; he mentions the hurricane around Mauritius in his Discoveries in Australia.
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