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Letter 100

Darwin, C. R. to Fox, W. D.

[11 May 1831]

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    CD's father has given him £200 to settle his debts.

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    He is delighted by a magnificent anonymous gift of a microscope.

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    Sees a good deal of the Henslows who are expecting a child soon.

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    CD still talks of the "Canary scheme"; he is learning Spanish.




My dear Fox

Cambridge has been in such a state of bustle & excitement for the last week, that I have done nothing but go gossiping about the town.— But thank goodness we are once again quiet: & I have had time to think about my plans.— I am very, very sorry to say I cannot pay you a visit at present. I really have no right to travel so many miles (& cost so many shillings) for my own amusement: the Governor has given me a 200£ note to pay my debts, & I must be economical.— Independent of paying you a nice quiet, snug visit, I should have put a scheme into practice which I have long wished to do to see the Pictures at Stamford: But both schemes must die the same death from inanition.— On the per contra side of the question Henslows lectures come into play, & I should have been sorry to have missed even one of them.—

And now for our eternal accounts.— I find I made a mistake in my last letter.— I have of your money, 6"4"6 Orridge's bill was 13s. & what <I> have paid for you amounts in toto, 3£"6"6 remains now 2£18s.— I have written to Baker & given him proper directions, & will pay hi<m> his bill next time he comes to Cam.:—

Some goodnatured Cambridge man has made me a most magnificent anonymous present of a Microscope: did ever hear of such a delightful piece of luck? one would like to know who it was, just to feel obliged to him.—

My time here is very pleasant. I am very busy at 3 or 4


, & see a great deal Henslow, whom I do not know, whether I love or respect most.— Mrs. Henslow is hatching a young professor.— She will be confined very soon.— As for my Canary scheme, it is rash of you to ask questions: My other friends most sincerely wish me there I plague them so with talking about tropical scenery &c &c.— Eyton will go next summer, & I am learning Spainish.—

How I wish we could meet. You would soon be tired of the subject

Good Bye | Chas Darwin

PS. Aiken is not ill John Day wants to know what to do with your wine as the Hampers are rotting & something must soon be done.

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    f1 100.f1
    General Election polling took place in Cambridge on 3, 4, 5, and 6 May 1831, when the Whig government went to the country over the first Reform Bill.
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    f2 100.f2
    The collection of the Marquis of Exeter at Burghley House, Stamford.
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    f3 100.f3
    Prose writings.
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    f4 100.f4
    Leonard Ramsay Henslow.
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