News of family and friends after skipping June letter: Osmaston and the Foxes, five weeks in London, the Langtons in Shropshire, Fanny Biddulph and daughter, R. W. Darwin, and Charles Hughes.
Osmaston [and Shrewsbury]
My very dear Charles,
I hope you have not perceived the want of a letter for the Month of June, but if you
did I am the one to blame as in the hurry of leaving London I quite forgot it was my
turn to write. I daresay Caroline has been more vexed than you, because she did not know
till too late to keep her promise of never letting you lose yr monthly
letter.— We are all getting so impatient to hear again from you, & we
have just got hopes of soon being gratified as in our paper it mentions The Beagle has
been heard of on the 5
You will see by the date of this that after vain attempts for 3 years Caroline & I at last are paying a visit at Osmaston We have been here nearly a week & are become very friendly with them all & like them exceedingly. Frances Jane is grown much stronger so that she comes down stairs & is able to sit up much more than formerly. I think she is very superior to the rest of the girls both in sense and agreeableness, besides being very handsome & interesting. Emma I like too extremely she really seems quite a perfect character of goodness. William is looking very delicate & they all seem low about him, he does not cough so I hope he is not yet consumptive. He is to spend the winter again at the I. of Wight which they say makes a gt difference in his health.—
They have all talked a gt deal about you & Julia was boasting the
other day of her eyes being longer sighted than yours as she related the experiment that
proved it, of William trying you both with some unknown book:—
About a fortnight ago William was at the meeting of the Philosophers at Cambridge he
said he heard yr things had arrived safe— P. Sedgwick made a most
wonderfully eloquent speech upon resigning his office of President. P. Henslow
could not give any of his parties because M
We were there 5 weeks exactly & did a wonderful quantity of amusement.
Nancy paid the British Museum a visit & was quite delighted with beholding some
stuffed animal with Capt Fitz roy's name on it as having discovered it, so that was
quite nearly enough allied to you to make it the most interesting sight in
London.— I fell in love with an Armadillo I saw at the Zoological Gardens
& as they come f
Charlotte & M
I think Catherine must have told you that Fanny Biddulph has got a little Girl We saw a
good deal of her when in London as she was slowly recovering & enjoyed having us
to talk to very much when M
About a month ago Papa & Caroline went a little tour into Yorkshire to see the Cathedral—& saw Liverpool with the Railway but did not go upon it: My Father enjoys these little tours very much & I hope next summer he will compass Edinburgh. His new Carriage answers very well being very light & he always takes Edward with him when he goes any distance. He still does not eat Bread at Breakfast which certainly makes his Breath much better.
Shrewsbury July 31
The Langtons we expect to day A
All our affectionate Loves to you Dearest Charley & Good bye from | yr very affecte Susan Darwin.
Nancy begs I will mention her lest you sh
- f1 211.f1Selby [1818--]34; Bewick 1797--1804.
- f2 211.f2Sobieski Owen.