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Alexander von Humboldt: „Cullen’s Isthmus of Darien Ship Canal“, in: ders., Sämtliche Schriften digital, herausgegeben von Oliver Lubrich und Thomas Nehrlich, Universität Bern 2021. URL: <https://humboldt.unibe.ch/text/1853-The_Isthmus_of-07-neu> [abgerufen am 22.06.2024].

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Titel Cullen’s Isthmus of Darien Ship Canal
Jahr 1853
Ort London
Nachweis
in: The Circular to Bankers, and Gazette of Banking, Agriculture, Commerce, Mining, and Finance 25:1390 (25. Juni 1853), S. 828.
Sprache Englisch
Typografischer Befund Antiqua; Spaltensatz; Auszeichnung: Kursivierung, Kapitälchen.
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Textnummer Druckausgabe: VII.55
Dateiname: 1853-The_Isthmus_of-07-neu
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Seitenanzahl: 1
Zeichenanzahl: 2177

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|828|

CULLEN’S ISTHMUS OF DARIEN SHIP CANAL.


The following letter has been received by Dr. Cullen from BaronVon Humboldt, and forwarded to us for publication:—(translation from the french.)

Dr. Edward Cullen, Strand, London,Sir,—I am very much to blame for having so long delayed an answerto the agreeable and interesting dispatch that you have been kind enoughto forward me by the hands of Mr. Augustus Peterman, so estimable byhis character, as well as by the solidity of his geographical labours. Dr.Cullen cannot doubt the high importance that I would attach to themerit of his courageous and useful investigations in the eastern part ofthe Isthmus of Panama; knowing my position and my antediluvian age,he will receive with indulgence, even so late, the expression of my livelygratitude.After having laboured, in vain, during half a century, to prove thepossibility of an Oceanic Canal, and to point out the Gulf of San Migueland Cupìca as the points most worthy of attention; after having re-gretted, almost with bitterness, in the last edition of my “Aspects ofNature,” that the employment of the means, which the present state ofour knowledge affords for obtaining precise measurements has been solong delayed; I ought, more than any one else, be satisfied to see, at last,my hopes for so noble an enterprise revived. By your publications, sir,will be orignated the great work of changing an important part of thecommerce of nations, and of rendering more accessible the rich countriesof Eastern Asia and the Indian Archipelago. The undertaking is, by nomeans above the intellectual and material power which civilised nationshave attained to. The work should be one to last for ever; it shouldnot commence with a Canal with Locks, like the magnificent CaledonianCanal; it must be a really Oceanic Canal, without Locks; a free passagefrom sea to sea, across which the speed of the navigation will be modified,but not interrupted by the difference in height and non-coincidence ofthe tides.

Receive, I pray you, Sir, the expression of my highest consideration.Yours, &c., &c.,(Signed) ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT.