The offer of a position on the Beagle

The offer of a position on the Beagle - ,,1831,came...

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The offer of a position on the  Beagle,  which Charles received on August 30, 1831, came  through his advisor, Henslow, at Cambridge. Henslow himself had been invited to be the  naturalist for the ship, but had turned down the opportunity. The voyage had been  commissioned by the government to map the coast of South America and was being  captained by Robert FitzRoy, a 26-year-old gentleman who had led a ship to South  America the year before. FitzRoy was eager to have the companionship of someone  who, unlike the sailors and officers of the ship, was of his social class. A gentleman  naturalist would fit the bill perfectly, providing companionship while increasing the  usefulness and prestige of the voyage. Most well-established naturalists, like Henslow,  had proven to be busy or disinclined, so the job had fallen to the promising but  inexperienced Charles Darwin. Unfortunately, there was a hurdle to be crossed before Charles could sign on. He 
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