Thanks for Orchids.
30 Q. A. S
My dear Charles
Accept my best thanks for the Orchid book.
My head is in too weak a state to read more than 2 or 3 pages at a time, but I enjoy these glimpses of the wonders you have discovered, exceedingly.
I much fear that I have no chance of talking it over with you this summer. Even if I were to get better before June 5, that awful day will certainly make me bad again.
I wonder if you ever saw a bird's nest built on the top of another.
I have not seen Mackintosh yet; all I hear of him alarms me much.
With best love to Emma & thanks for her letter | Believe me |
- f1 3556.f1The year is established by reference to the publication of Orchids (see n. 2, below).
- f2 3556.f2Tollet's name appears on CD's presentation list for Orchids (see Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix IV). Orchids was published on 15 May 1862 (Freeman 1977, p. 112).
- f3 3556.f3Tollet refers to the marriage, on 5 June 1862, of her niece, Marianne Caroline Clive, to John Robert Orlando Bridgeman, son of the second earl of Bradford (see n. 4, below).
- f4 3556.f4The reference is to George Augustus Frederick Henry Bridgeman, second earl of Bradford.
- f5 3556.f5The reference is probably to Emma Darwin's nephew, James Mackintosh Wedgwood, who was suffering from an incurable cancer (Wedgwood and Wedgwood 1980, pp. 274 and 279).