Happily home, he sends thanks to his "first Lord of the Admiralty". Will visit Maer in two or three weeks.
My dear Uncle
The Beagle arrived at Falmouth on Sunday evening, & I reached home late last night. My head is quite confused with so much delight, but I cannot allow my sisters to tell you first, how happy I am to see all my dear friends again. I am obliged to return in three or four days to London, where the Beagle will be paid off, & then I shall pay Shrewsbury a longer visit. I am most anxious once again to see Maer, & all its inhabitants, so that in the course of two or three weeks, I hope in person to thank you, as being my first Lord of the Admiralty. I am so very happy I hardly know what I am writing.
Believe me, Your most affectionate nephew | Chas. Darwin
Remember me most kindly to Aunt Bessy & all at dear Maer.—