Family news. Uncle Jos [Josiah Wedgwood II] has been returned to Parliament with a fine majority.
My dear Charles,
You must forgive my sending you a very dull letter but I have been used rather
unfairly— it is Catherines month & she did not tell me this moment
that she has not even begun a letter to you & today being the last day I will
not fail in my promise of writing myself when the others forget— My Father is
very well, which I know is the main thing so it will not matter how little else I have
to tell. I remember the anxious feeling I had even during my 3 months in France
last year & it is impossible to shake it off when at a distance & for
any reason not in good spirits. Your last letter which I answered the middle of December
was the one to Susan just before you were to sail from Monte Video. I do hope my very
dear Charles the cold & rains whilst coasting Patagonia have not made you
ill— we are all impatient for your next letter, & if you find all
these changes of Climate do not agree with your health come home & think of your
snug parsonage— I finished my last letter at Overton. Parky & Henry
feel proud in finding the place on the Map where their Uncle Charles is— Parky
is growing very manly coming on nicely in his Latin & the most regular flirt I
ever beheld. the week after I came home we had a visit from our new member
Uncle Jos. he seems very much pleased to have been returned
with such a fine Majority & he says he has been at no expence & no
trouble doing nothing but what his Committee ordered him & they were very
merciful he even escaped being chaired— he says he
can not afford to bring his family with him to London but I think they expect to go at
least for some months— Parliament meets the 31
The piece they acted was The Irish Tutor a merry little bustling farce & they all played their parts very well— there was afterwards
a dance— All the rest of this month has passed perfectly quietly We play at
Whist every evening with Papa & I think he seems quite as happy &
comfortable as he used to be some years ago— Last week was the New Hunt week.
We had nobody with us but the 2 Clives of Styche & Caroline
Erasmus has been very gay at Parties at Lady Giffords & the Hensleighs
they & Papa send their love to you and believe me my dear old fellow, with my
own best love to you | Y
It is too late to wish you a happy new year—but I do wish it—
- f1 195.f1Josiah Wedgwood II sat for Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, which, as a result of the Reform Bill, had become a borough returning two members (Hanham 1972, p. 296).
- f2 195.f2It was common practice in election celebrations to carry the victor about in a chair.
- f3 195.f3The Irish tutor; or, New lights: a comic piece in one act, by Richard Butler, Earl of Glengall, first performed in 1822.
- f4 195.f4Possibly the Mr Pemberton mentioned by CD in the Autobiography, p. 39.
- f5 195.f5Sir Thomas Fletcher Fenton Boughey married Louisa Paulina Charlotte Giffard on 27 December 1832.