Rejoices in what she hears of his voyage and his pleasures in it.
Writes of her new life, and of their relatives and friends.
October 27, 1832
My dear Charles
I was very glad to receive your letter & to hear so good an account of the
success of your voyage. I rejoice most cordially in the pleasure & benefit you
receive from it & will continue to receive I hope. It appears to have answered
much better than the most sanguine could have hoped when you not only enjoy the
beautiful scenes you go into to the utmost but even get attached to your little cramped
cabin in the Beagle, in which one thought you could meet with nothing but discomfort
& inconvenience—that it was a good place for reading I never could
have guessed & it gives me no little pleasure to hear that you profit by it in
being so industrious—it will make this voyage a pleasure & advantage
to you all your life instead of a mere present delight. I am glad too that you are not
too fond of the sea so as to lose sight of the pleasures of a quiet domestic
English country life, for I should be very very sorry if you continued to lead a
wandering life which is I think bad for every body, to say nothing of the loss to their
friends, & not all the beauties of tropical climates would make up for the
change. I have been putting off writing to you till I came to Maer—in a new
place & among new people I thought I should be too much at a loss what to write
to you about & that Maer would supply me with something to tell. The loss of our
dear Fanny has changed it sadly since I left it in the Spring. the family seems
diminished to such a small one compared with what it was then—for herself so
good & innocent & unselfish as she was I can only feel that she is very
happy to be taken out of the world before any distress or unhappiness came near her, her
life was a very happy one & closed without knowing her danger or feeling the
pain of separation from her family—poor Mama has borne her loss wonderfully
well & all are very chearful. Hensleigh & Fanny were fortunately with
them at the time & were the greatest possible comfort & support to
them—I was very glad that we were able to come & take their places
when they went away. It is the most beautiful September weather
possible—shooting is utterly neglected Robert being away at the Hill, enjoying
a holiday I should think very much, & all the more I suspect for having the good
luck to meet Susan there. In the mean time Charles, M
My mother & Elizabeth & Emma desire to be most kindly remembered to you— I need only wish you to continue to be as happy in your travels as you are now, which I do most warmly & that you will have a safe & happy return.
Believe me dear Charles your affectionate cousin | Charlotte Langton
Your friend Wilcox is I believe going on pretty well—he has taken the Manor and gets what he can by selling the game, we buying what we want as we did before.
- f1 186.f1The postmark and internal evidence make clear that the letter was written on 27 September and dated 27 October in error.
- f2 186.f2Wilcox has not been identified.