Has been unwell but is improving. His father also very ill.
My dearest dear old Mammy—
I was so very glad to get your letter this morning with as good an account of the Baby,
Sunday. Again I thank you for a most nice note, with so good an account of the poor Baby. I kept improving gradually all yesterday; but had too sleepless a night, not getting to sleep till long after daylight—so that I am good-for-nothing today, but think I shall escape a shivering fit.— I have given up going tomorrow, partly for my own sake & partly as it would be more convenient to my Father on account of Mark. My poor Father had a wretched night last. I will write no more today, but will write again tomorrow. Oh Mammy I do long to be with you & under your protection for then I feel safe
God Bless you. C. D.—
Thank my dear Etty for her nice lit<tl>e letter & give my love to all our dear children, whom I shall be so glad to see again—
- f1 1180.f1The Sneyds had been close friends of the Darwin family since the time of Erasmus Darwin, CD's grandfather. The Mrs Sneyd referred to here may be of Blackheath. See Correspondence vol. 2, letter from Emily Catherine Darwin, 15 [January 1837], for Robert Waring Darwin's request that CD visit her there.
- f2 1180.f2Betley Hall, Staffordshire, home of George Tollet, agricultural reformer and friend of Josiah Wedgwood II. Catherine Darwin had probably been visiting Ellen Harriet and Georgina Tollet. See letter to Emma Darwin, [25 May 1848], for her departure from Shrewsbury.
- f3 1180.f3Mark Briggs, Robert Waring Darwin's coachman.