The Langtons will go to Madeira for the winter. E. A. Darwin and the Hensleigh Wedgwoods enjoyed a stay in Cambridge, where they saw Professors Whewell and Sedgwick. Colonel Leighton has died. The King has dismissed the Whig Ministry; Wellington is Premier, and the country is in a strange state.
My dear Charles.—
You will be surprised to hear that the very Packet that takes this from Falmouth to
you: conveys at the sametime the Langtons to Madeira where they have resolved to spend
the winter on account of M
The last letter from Erasmus was written in rantipole spirits— he had been spending 5 days at Cambridge with the Hensleighs which they had all enjoyed prodigiously spending most part of their time with Professors Whewell & Sedgwick: and the day they enjoyed most was Sunday After going for the University Sermon to Kings, they went to Trinity where after chapel was over they had a most beautiful Concert. Sedgwick took them to his rooms in the Evg & Whewell met them there. Eras says Whewell took the lead in conversation which was of a religious turn: & Eras says he ``is in despair he cannot write down his words for they were really super human'' And in another part of his letter he says ``the brilliancy & rapidity of Whewell's conversation with Fanny was such as I could hav<e> formed no conception of— The two professors harmon<ising> beautifully: Sedgwick's simplicity & good faith in all he says & his picturesque manner of conversation shewed off Whewell's, which is all speculative & generalizing always brilliant & so perfectly elegant I believe it would be impossible to change a single word'' This extract from his letter is sufficient to shew you how delightful his visit at Cambridge must have been.— It will make you long to be amongst them. Sedgwick is just made Canon of Norwich.— The country is in a strange state at present, for quite unexpectedly the King has dismissed all the Whig Ministry & made Duke of Wellington Premier, & how this will stand appears very doubtful, for they intend to have a Dissolution of Parliament in hopes to get more command over the House of Commons, & most people say they will certainly change for the worse & get more Radicals elected instead of Tories.
The last piece of news I have to tell you is a very sad one Poor Col Leighton was
riding out last Wednesday the 19
Old Nurse Tanty & I maundered over you for about an hour the other night. Our chief topic was wondering when ever you would come back
- f1 264.f1The Chaplain was Richard Thomas Lowe (see letter to J. S. Henslow, 28 [September 1831]).
- f2 264.f2Rantipole: `Wild, disorderly, rakish' (OED).
- f3 264.f3Rice Wynne.