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Letter 135A

Darwin, C. R. to Whitley, C. T.

23 [Sept 1831]

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    Thanks CTW for his letter [125]. "I do not think I ever received a more kind letter than yours or one that gave me so much pleasure.–– You ought to have in your mind, the prospect of leaving England for 3 or 4 years before you can understand how to enjoy such a letter from such a person as yourself––". Regarding the voyage, "all is finally settled, & I have sealed away about half a chance of life.–– If one lived merely to see how long one could spin out life,––I should repent my choice.–– As it is I do not.––"

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    Thanks CTW for four fungi which have arrived.

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Shrewsbury

Friday 23d

My dear Whitley

I found your letter on my table, when I came from Plymouth; but I really I had not time to write to you from London or Cambridge, in neither of which places did I stay more than 2 days.— I saw Herbert at Cam. & am afraid this letter will not reach you.— I shall be very sorry for it, for I do not think I ever received a more kind letter than yours or one that gave me so much pleasure.— You ought to have in your mind, the prospect of leaving England for 3 or 4 years before you can understand how to enjoy such a letter from such a person as yourself.— I am afraid we shall not meet, I leave Shrewsbury this day week.— Herbert will find out from Henslow my direction, times of writing &c. & when I can (it must necessarily be very seldom) you shall hear of and from me.— I am rather tired this morning, & the post is soon going out; so that you will excuse this letter: I have nothing particular to say excepting that all is finally settled, & I have sealed away about half a chance of life.— If one lived merely to see how long one could spin out life.— I should repent of my choice.— As it is I do not.—

Again I thank you, my dear Whitley, for all your kind wishes, I hope they will come true, & that when I return, I shall find you a happy & useful man.

God bless you | My dear Whitley | Your affectionate friend | Chas. Darwin.—

Some Fungi have arrived much obliged for them.—

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