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I know you dont like long letters & I have nothing more to say so good bye be a good boy & you shall have a sugar plum I remain yours | affect E. Darwin
- f1 2.f1Erasmus, CD's elder brother, was admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge, in February 1822 (Alum. Cantab.).
- f2 2.f2Members of the family called CD `Bobby', as well as `Charley', during his boyhood. The letter is addressed to `R. Darwin Esq. Rev
dD r. Butlers, Shrewsbury'. CD was a boarder at Shrewsbury School, of which Samuel Butler was headmaster from 1798 to 1836. Under Butler's direction Shrewsbury had become one of the leading schools in England.
- f3 2.f3Edward Daniel Clarke, Professor of Mineralogy at Cambridge, 1808--22.
- f4 2.f4In the Autobiography, p. 45, CD says that during his school years he `continued collecting minerals with much zeal, but quite unscientifically—all that I cared for was a new named mineral, and I hardly attempted to classify them.'
- f5 2.f5Identified in Judd 1909, p. 340, as Richard Cotton, a Shrewsbury naturalist. See Autobiography, p. 52, for CD's account of the deep impression made by Mr Cotton's solemn assurance `that the world would come to an end' before anyone would be able to explain how the bell-stone, a well-known boulder, came to be at Shrewsbury, the nearest rock like it being no nearer than Cumberland or Scotland.
- f6 2.f6Henry Allen Wedgwood, cousin of the Darwin brothers. See genealogical chart.
- f7 2.f7Hensleigh Wedgwood, brother of the above.
- f8 2.f8Thomas Blunt, Shrewsbury chemist, believed by the Darwins to be the `best chemist in the world' (Emma Darwin 2: 118).
- f9 2.f9A reference to Pieter Bruegel the Elder's `Das Schlaraffenland' or `Land of Cockayne' (1567). The painting depicts, among other gluttons' fantasies, pigs as described by Erasmus. `Lumberland' is a slip either for `Slumberland' or for `Lubberland', a literal translation of the title.
- f10 2.f10Until the 1830s the post office stamps of many towns included the mileage to London— that being the most frequent destination. The recipient, who normally paid the postage, would be charged according to the distance on a seven-zone mileage scale.