Discusses affairs at Down and WED's coming trip to the Lakes.
Is getting on very slowly with his "confounded proof-sheets" [of Origin].
My dear William
We were very glad to get your note with so good an account of all things. I think you
will have a very pleasant time there & see the Lakes well & from all
that I have heard I believe there is nothing more beautiful in all England. Do look for
glacial action & if you see anything let me hear. If by any chance you
Mamma went up yesterday & brought down two such patterns, of the exact colour of mud, streaked with rancid oil, that we have all exclaimed against them; & I have agreed to take anything in preference & we have settled on a crimson flock-paper with golden stars, though unseen by me.—
It was a bad job our sending you the last evening to Bromley with the new Horse; for as
we broke our bargain of sending it, that day to M
I get on very slowly with my confounded proof-sheets & have done only 4 or 5 pages for the two last days, yet I hope to have finished by end of August & to go then to Ilkley. Do not forget to make some enquiries about the Windermere Water-cure place; & whether any House to let close by.—
I have not ceased to rejoice yet, whenever I think over your Scholarship. My dear old fellow it is a good little beginning of your life.—
Your affect. father | C. Darwin
I wish to Heaven you were here for a game of Billiards.—
- f1 2476.f1Dated by the references to family guests at Down (see nn. 3, 4, and 5, below).
- f2 2476.f2J. Hudson ed. 1842 included a long section by Adam Sedgwick on the geology of the Lake district. A fifth edition was issued in 1859.
- f3 2476.f3CD refers to Katherine Euphemia (Effie), Hope Elizabeth (Dot), and Alfred Allen (Tim), children of Hensleigh and Frances Mackintosh Wedgwood. Eva and Angus are probably two of Robert and Mary Mackintosh's children.
- f4 2476.f4Ernest Hensleigh Wedgwood was the elder brother of Katherine, Hope, and Alfred Wedgwood. He was also a friend of William's and an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge.
- f5 2476.f5Emma Darwin's diary records that Erasmus Alvey Darwin, Susan Elizabeth Darwin and Hensleigh Wedgwood arrived on 16 July 1859. Charlotte and Charles Langton are not mentioned in July, but visited from 31 August to 6 September.
- f6 2476.f6According to Emma Darwin's diary, George Howard Darwin returned from the home of the Langtons, in Hartfield, on 7 July 1859.
- f7 2476.f7The wallpaper was for the new drawing room of Down House.
- f8 2476.f8CD was trying to sell the horse he had only just bought for William. See letter to W. E. Darwin,3 June . George Edwards was a horse-dealer of Bromley Common (CD's Address book (Down House MS) and Post Office directory of the six home counties 1859).
- f9 2476.f9William had won a Christ's College scholarship, after coming fifth in the college examinations (Cambridge University calendar 1860).