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Alexander von Humboldt: „The 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-10-neu> [abgerufen am 23.07.2024].

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Titel The Isthmus of Darien Ship Canal
Jahr 1853
Ort London
Nachweis
in: The Illustrated London News 22:629 (25. Juni 1853), S. 508.
Sprache Englisch
Typografischer Befund Antiqua; Spaltensatz; Auszeichnung: Kursivierung, Kapitälchen.
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Textnummer Druckausgabe: VII.55
Dateiname: 1853-The_Isthmus_of-10-neu
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|508|

THE ISTHMUS OF DARIENSHIP CANAL.

Dr. Cullen has been favouredwith the following communicationby Baron Humboldt:—Sir,—I am very much to blamefor having so long delayed ananswer to the agreeable and in-teresting despatch that you havebeen kind enough to forward me bythe hands of Mr. Augustus Peter-man, so estimable by his character,as well as by the solidity of his geo-graphical labours. Dr. Cullen can-not doubt the high importance thatI would attach to the merit of hiscourageous and useful investigationsin the eastern part of the Isthmusof Panama; knowing my positionand my antediluvian age, he willreceive with indulgence, even solate, the expression of my livelygratitude.After having laboured, in vain, during half a century, to prove the pos-sibility of an Oceanic Canal, and to point out the Gulf of San Miguel andCupica as the points most worthy of attention; after having regretted,almost with bitterness, in the last edition of my “Aspects of Nature,”that the employment of the means which the present state of ourknowledge affords for obtaining precise measurements has beenso long delayed; I ought, more than any one else, to be satisfied to see,at last, my hopes for so noble an enterprise revived. By your publica-tions, sir, and by that of Mr. Gisborne, will be originated the great workof changing an important part of the commerce of nations, and of render-ing more accessible the rich countries of Eastern Asia and the IndianArchipelago. The undertaking is by no means above the intellectualand material power which civilised nations have attained to. The workshould be one to last for ever; it should not commence with a canal withlocks, like the magnificent Caledonian Canal; it must be a really oceaniccanal, without locks—a free passage from sea to sea, across which thespeed of the navigation will be modified, but not interrupted, by the differ-ence in height and non-coincidence of the tides.

Receive, I pray you, sir, the expression of my highest consideration.Yours, &c. Alexander Von Humboldt.