THIS COPY BELONGED TO THE BROTHER OF ONE OF DARWIN'S SHIPMATES ON THE BEAGLE. Philip Hamond, whose bookplate is found in this book, was the brother of Lieutenant Robert Nicholas Hamond, who was a member of the ship's company on the Beagle (Midshipman, August 1832 to May 1833). Darwin described him as "a very nice gentlemanlike person", and found him very congenial company, recording time ashore with him at Buenos Aires "admiring the Spanish ladies" and climbing the mountain on Hermit Island on Christmas Eve 1832 (see Desmond and Moore, p.130-133, and The Correspondence of Charles Darwin: 1821-1836, pp.277-79). Hamond was the only member to represent the company at Darwin's burial at Westminster Abbey in 1882. His later life was spent as a bank manager in Fakenham in Norfolk. His brother Philip, owner of this book, was a country gentleman with an amateur interest in natural history and an early member of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society, founded in 1869.
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