The H.M.S Beagle finally arrived in Falmouth, after nearly a five year journey.

I got a coach straight home to Shrewsbury two days later. Soon, after I had arrived home, I started the long work of classification and sorting out my specimens and writing up my wide-scooping notes and observations. I eventually published several works on my collections and observations during my voyage on the H.M.S Beagle including; Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S Beagle, Journal and Remarks, (also known as Voyage of the Beagle), The structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs, Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands visited during the voyage of H.M.S Beagle and Geological Observations on South America.

Fitzroy is also publishing my account of the voyage in three volumes, which included my journal and remarks. My notes from the voyage show that I already understand how my experience and my finds are likely to challenge the established view of the unchanging nature of species.

Over the next twenty years, I will work on my theory of the transmutation of species, which will hopefully culminate in the publication of On the Origin of Species.


By Georgia-Mai