Family and Shrewsbury news. Visits of relatives and friends.
Tuesday Evening— | April 11
My dear Charles,
For fear you should entirely forget that there is such a person as myself in the land of the living, I will begin an epistle to you, though our correspondence really has come to such a dead stop, that it requires some courage so to do.— I am very glad that we shall be able to renew our acquaintance in so short a time. I long to see you again, my very dear Bobby, and I hope we shall have some very nice walks and talks together again.— You will have heard from Erasmus that Eliza and Jessie Wedgwood are staying with us now, and we expect Uncle John and Aunt Jane on Monday— I should like you to see Jessie again; I am sure you would like her; she is so very merry and pleasant, and I think very pretty—
We have all been taking to gardening very vigorously, and shall expect some very elegant compliments from you on its beauty; and I assure you it is very gay, and much admired.—
Erasmus' Friend, M
Shelah's puppy is really quite a sight to be seen; it is as broad as it is long, and
Shelah also has been sadly corrupted, and nearly rivals her child in fat— That
savage Turk is gone from Overton to my great joy; I think he was as much your
abomination as mine.— Archdeacon Owen has got S
Thank you dear Charles for your very kind affection<ate> letter, you can
not tell how much I value your love— I am very glad we shall have you at home
again soon. & Papa is very glad that you have remained to attend all the
Lectures, as he is sure they will be useful to you. he wants to know if you are
thinking of any excursion in your way home to see any new country that you did not pass
through as you went to Edinburgh— Papa is rather surprised at your going to
Glasgow as there is nothing worth seeing in your way there, & he should have
thought it a better plan to leave as much of your heavy luggage as you can in Edinburgh
as you will return there & so not have the plague of the carriage of it
backwards & forwards— shall you travel down with Johnson, or alone?
Papa's love & he has sent you £20—which he supposes will
answer your purpose— Eliza & Jessie Wedgwood are staying here
& desire their love to you— Uncle John & Aunt Jane come on
Monday; yesterday 3 of Eras's friends dined here. Price, Wakefield & a
man whose name we never could remember or pronounce better than Hubblebuble—
There were at dinner some things which were called Mushrooms—but we suspected
them to be toadstools —they were black, & tough &
Jessie after eating some the day before has complained of Vertigo &
stomach ache Eras allows to be signs of poison— These unfortunate young men
But to change from nonsense to grave matters. I must say dear Charles how glad I am you
have been studying the bible— I agree with in liking S
I think you met the Tollets once at Maer. poor Gorgiana Tollet has had an abscess in her arm, & to save her life has been obliged to have it cut off, she bore the operation with out a scream or groan— Good bye dear Charles, I did <no>t shew you[r] letter | Ever your affection<ate> | Caroline Darwin
The plant is Ranunculus Ficaria?
- f1 31.f1Nathan Hubbersty.
- f2 31.f2Southey 1823, ch. 9, `The siege of Zaragoza', pp. 398--424.
- f3 31.f3John Brickdale Blakeway.
- f4 31.f4Probably Samuel Tertius Galton.
- f5 31.f5Leonard Horner, geologist and organiser of Whig meetings in Edinburgh at this period.
- f6 31.f6The Tollets of Betley Hall near Maer were close friends of the Wedgwoods (see Emma Darwin 1: 52).