Some of CD's letters were read at Geological Society in London. Professor Sedgwick says of CD, "doing admirably … collection above all praise … will have a great name among the Naturalists of Europe".
Erasmus has taken office of Clerk to a Government Commissioner. Other family news.
My dear Charles—
I am happy to tell you that your Journal has arrived safe, there was some alarm about
it; as the Challenger that you told us it was coming by; was wrecked owing to some new
currents from the late Earthquake.— I don't know what Ship it did come in, but
your heart w
You will be surprised to hear that Erasmus is turning into a busy Man. Government has
appointed Commissioners for examing into all the Public Charities throughout England and
Robert Mackintosh is made one of them and as he is obliged to have a Clerk Erasmus has
taken that office & gets 150 p
Marianne has been suffering a good deal of anxiety this Month, owing to Parky having got the Scarlet fever at his School at Oswestry and he had it so severely that he could not be moved. Marianne went there to nurse him and was several nights without slee<p> which q<ui>te knocked her up.— She expects to be con<fined> in January so she was not at all in a fit state for so much exertion— She has however not caught the fever, and now as it is 3 weeks since we hope she will certainly escape. Parky is now at Overton & Caroline is there, whilst we have the three younger boys here and they are the best & nicest little men you ever saw, and often talk of Uncle Charles with awe & reverence.—
The John Wedgwoods are very busy transplanting themselves again from Monmouthshire into
Staffordshire as they have taken a house about 4 miles from Maer in order to be
near Jessie & also Allen. Indeed they have now three
children living in Staffordshire for M
I hope my dear Charles we shall have another Letter from you when you reach Lima as we
shall be very glad you have done with that odious South America.— My Father
Catherine & I send you our most affectionate Love & Good bye Ever
Nancy begged I w
- f1 288.f1Extracts, taken from CD's letters to Henslow (attributed to `F. Darwin Esq., of St. John's College, Cambridge'), were read to the Geological Society by Adam Sedgwick (see letter from Caroline Darwin, 29 December ) on 18 November 1835 (Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 2 (1833--8): 210--12, Collected papers 1: 16--19). The geology of South America was so little known at the time that CD's letters excited much interest. Charles Lyell, who saw CD's reports on elevation as confirmation of his views, was particularly eager for more details. On 6 December 1835 he wrote to Sedgwick, `How I long for the return of Darwin! I hope you do not mean to monopolise him at Cambridge.' (K. M. Lyell 1881, 1: 460--1; see also Wilson 1972, p. 425).
- f2 288.f2Robert Mackintosh was Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood's brother. On hearing the news that Erasmus had taken employment with him, Emma Wedgwood wrote on 29 November  to her aunt, Jessie Sismondi: `Erasmus is gone as his Clerk, which surprized us all that so idle a man should like to undertake it (viz. the Clerk), as it is supposed he will have a good deal to do. The girls at Shrewsbury tell him they are afraid the King will have a very bad bargain.' (Emma Darwin (1904) 1: 376).
- f3 288.f3The John Wedgwoods took a cottage at Betley, Staffordshire. Their son, John Allen Wedgwood, was Vicar of Maer.