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Alexander von Humboldt: „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-11-neu> [abgerufen am 25.05.2024].

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Titel Isthmus of Darien Ship Canal
Jahr 1853
Ort Cork
Nachweis
in: The Cork Examiner 12:1742 (27. Juni 1853), [o. S.].
Sprache Englisch
Typografischer Befund Antiqua; Spaltensatz.
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Textnummer Druckausgabe: VII.55
Dateiname: 1853-The_Isthmus_of-11-neu
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|Seitenumbruch|

ISTHMUS OF DARIEN SHIP CANAL.


(Ttanslation from the French.)

to dr. edward cullen, strand, london.Sir,—I am very much to blame for having so long de-layed an answer to the agreeable and interesting dispatchthat you have been kind enough to forward me by thehands of Mr. Augustus Peterman, so estimable by his cha-racter, as well as by the solidity of his geographical labours.Dr. Cullen cannot doubt the high importance that I wouldattach to the merit of his courageous and useful investiga-tions in the eastern part of the Isthmus of Panama; know-ing my position and my antediluvian age, he will receivewith indulgence, even so late, the expression of my livelygratitude.After having laboured in vain during half a century toprove the possibility of an Oceanic Canal, and to point outthe Gulf of San Miguel and Cupica as the points most wor-thy of attention—after having regretted, almost with bitter-ness, in the last edition of my “Aspects of Nature,” thatthe employment of the means, which the present state ofour knowledge affords, for obtaining precise measurementshas been so long delayed—I ought, more than any one else,to be satisfied to see at last my hopes for so noble an enter-prise revived. By your publications, sir, and by that of Mr.Gisborne, will be originated the great work of changing animportant part of the commerce of nations, and of renderingmore accessible the rich countries of Eastera Asia and theIndian Archipelago. The undertaking is by no means abovethe intellectual and material power which civilized nationshave attained to. The work should be one to last for ever;it should not commence with a canal with locks, like themagnificent Caledonian Canal; it must be a really OceanicCanal, without locks; a free passage from sea to sea, acrosswhich the speed of the navigation will be modified, but notinterrupted, by the differences in height and non-coincidenceof the tides.

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