News of family and friends.
Caroline repeats story told to R. W. Darwin of FitzRoy's feeling of obligation to a Mr White, from whom he gained release to marry Miss O'Brien.
Fanny Biddulph has had a son.
My dear Charles
I hope this will find you in London before you return; we were very glad to have your last letter, and I do hope by this time you have lost all remains of the Influenza, which you seem to have had very badly.— What a plague it has been everywhere!— We have been very long without writing to you, but the reason has been that I have been waiting for a Frank, to send you on a little note from Fanny Biddulph, which she sent me for you some time ago. We have been expecting a Capt Mathew to call, who is a Member, but he has not appeared yet; whenever he does, I will make use of him for you.— You will be glad to hear that dear Fanny Biddulph had a little Son & Heir, last Monday. She had a very good confinement, & is as well as possible, which we were exceedingly glad to hear; for the two last times she was in danger of her life.— Old Mrs & Miss Biddulph are cleared off to Leamington, so that dear Fanny has the Castle and Mrs Owen to herself comfortably.— Charles Owen is gone to a Tutor's near Cheltenham.—
Emma Wedgwood is very gay at Edinburgh with Lady Gifford; she writes word that your Feather Flowers are very much admired, and she finds them exceedingly useful at all her parties. We hear that Emma says she would have preferred the learned Season at Edinburgh to the gay one, which proves that Charlotte knew her better than I did.— I am very much surprised at it, and do not think she can know what she is talking about.— They are very much interested at Maer about your book, and I must copy you what Elizabeth says about it, as we all quite agree in her opinions. “I hope Charles will rather risk a little repetition, than leave out too much of his Journal, especially about the people, which is always a more interesting subject than the place. — What he says is sure to be said in so different a way from the Captain, that it is sure not to have the effect of repetition; and if he cuts up too much, he might make his Journal dryer.”— I am very sorry to hear that it only promises to be half the size of the old one; a vast deal must have been left out, and I am sure a great deal we thought very interesting
Papa desires me to say that you are to call at Robarts to
receive the dividend on 800£ in the 3 per cents, and also the
dividend on 5 shares in the Grand Trunk Canal; you must ask to sign some
papers, and I write to tell you this, before you leave London.— I want you to
see the Evans sometime; they are at Ibbotson's Hotel and M
Goodbye dearest Charley. I long for your next visit here.— All our loves to
you.— | Ever y
Love to Eras.
My dear Ch<ar>les
I have beggd a scrap of Caths letter to tell yo<u> my Father
<wa>s at Ellesmere a little while ago &
there he found the Apotheca<ry> full talk about “Capt
Fitzroy's very honorable conduct” and
- f1 344.f1Captain George Benvenuto Mathew was M.P. for Athlone, 1835–7 (Stenton 1976).
- f2 344.f2Richard Myddelton Biddulph.
- f3 344.f3Charlotte Langton.
- f4 344.f4Sarah Elizabeth (Elizabeth) Wedgwood.
- f5 344.f5Although much was omitted, the published version was longer than the diary (224,000 words compared to 189,000 words). See ‘Beagle’ diary, p. viii and its appendixes, which list the more important passages added in both the 1839 and 1845 editions. The additional matter in the first edition came mainly from the zoological and geological notes CD made during the voyage.
- f6 344.f6Robarts, Curtis & Co., 15 Lombard Street, London.
- f7 344.f7George Evans, of Portrane.
- f8 344.f8CD's address book, begun by Emma after their marriage, lists a Mrs Warren at 15 Bedford Square (Down House MS). According to Boyle's Court and Country Guide (London 1837), a Mrs Charles Warren lived at this address.
- f9 344.f9Eight miles north-east of Oswestry, Shropshire.
- f10 344.f10Robert FitzRoy and CD met the Whites in Valparaiso. In Narrative 2: 479 FitzRoy refers to Captain White, then Vice-Consul in Valparaiso, but sheds no light on Mr Fitzpatrick (White's son-in-law) nor on why FitzRoy promised to make White's grandson his heir.