Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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Manila

Written by Edward Beckwith on Thursday, December 28, 1939

Maiden trip of the Cheng Ho - Hong Kong to Manila

Maiden trip of the Cheng Ho, departed Hong Kong on December 26, 1939 for arrival in Manila on December 30
Map from The Malay Archipelago

Map from The Malay Archipelago showing Wallace’s travels
Had considerable fever and pain in the stomach last night but toward morning the fever disappeared although I still felt weak and pain in the stomach.

Marian called up to ask how I was.

Went down to breakfast and expect to be all right tomorrow when Mrs. Archbold arrives.

Marian called up again – cable from Mrs. A. that the junk left Hong Kong yesterday. This of course was very important and started us all thinking about the arrival and the trip. David and I spent a lot of time this P.M. looking over maps and reading Wallace’s The Malay Archipelago.

The tentative itinerary arrived at was Manila to Basilan, the most southern island in the Philippines, then to Menado on Celebes, then Ternate, Halmahera, Tidore, Motir, Makian, Bacan (the most interesting of this group), Amboina, Banda, and possibly Kei and Aru.

Letter from Mary and everything all right.

David and I had tea in his room. Later Marian persuaded me to come down to dinner instead of going to bed. They are so nice that it is hard to refuse them.

No fever this evening and am apparently getting all right.

Comments

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By Melissa
2009-12-29 17:09:08
How fascinating to learn that David Fairchild and Edward Beckwith were reading The Malay Archipelago in preparation for their journey.. indeed a classic work for every naturalist interested in the region.

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