Caroline and Catherine Darwin were at the Forest a few days last week and Susan Darwin comes the next day. Mentions other relatives, friends, and acquaintances.
Sunday March 30
My dear Charles.
I have been very idle & ungrateful in not thanking you sooner for your
very interesting leetle effusion. I should certainly have written to
you last week, if I had not witnessed the departure of a very considerable
dispatch composed by Catherine & directed to M
Of course you know that Caroline & Catherine were here for a few days last
week, and during those few days, I spared neither pains or trouble to sift the report I
told you of, to the bottom, I grieve to tell you, that my efforts were unsuccessful,
they both solemnly & positively denied the fact, as far as
Caroline was concerned, & since that time I have been haunted &
tormented with another & a newer idea. Can it be Susan do you
think? I ponder deeply, but can come to no result, pray give me your opinion of the
matter. I am happy to say Susan comes here tomorrow, I have not seen her since the
memorable old Hunt & Bazaar, which impoverished so many
misguided shootables M
Two of the M
I suppose you have been officially informed of the Marriage which is shortly to take
place in your Family!! so I need hardly mention names, I only hope it may be
the means of my devouring 1/2 a pound at least of P.C. —
I have suspected it long ago!!! Miss Butler was married last week, the
yong gentlemen presented her with a piece of plate, on the appy event,
& in return, received a dinner & 2 days additional holidays at
Easter, they must each lament that D
I am very sorry you do not come down this vacation, though perhaps if you had, you would not think it worth while to visit the Forest, out of the shooting Season, now that all the Muslin is collected there. I wish you could chaunce to come by on Tuesday, as we are meditating an excrescence to Wrexham Fair, to buy Bargains, & see all the Beasts & Beastesses &c—
I have been riding a good deal lately, Fanny has not been out for the last fortnight & I have had the Andalusian all to myself, he is in great beauty now & very frisky & restive— Papa has bought a wonderful pony, dark chesnut, with a white mane & tail, it is only two years old, so it will be of little use for a year to come.
As for Aunt Pedigree, if it was not for the credit of
the Family, we should certainly take out a Statue of Lunacy against her, I
think I told you she had bought a bit of blood for her own riding, she keeps it
I hear your Favorite, Miss Clare is astonishing the weak minds of all the Barristers
this Circuit, if I were M
Have you heard that Tom Parker had a dreadful Cross some time ago, he has had
a brain fever in consequence, & is now quite deranged & at Worcester, it
is a shocking thing for them all. M
I do think I have scraped together all the news I have heard for a Month past, & my little all will be very dull to you I am afraid, but as you begged me to write, it is partly your own fault, for bringing this trouble on yourself. If you wish the grievance to continue I hope & beg you will write to me very soon, you need not make the old excuse of having nothing to say, for you see before your eyes a whole sheet of hot press filled with nothing at all, so try to imitate the good example I set you, & if you remember the promise you made, you may believe me my dear Charles ever your's sincerely | S. H O—
I forgot to ``mention'' that the Flower-Garden, notwithstanding ancient
prophecies, is remarkably flourishing & promising & will be
brilliant by the time you see it. Two or even 3 flowers have
actually made their appearance, & the Fortifications are proof against
Hares of every description-- I forget whether I informed you of the
Now that you have arrived at the end of this scrawl, go back to your Quarto's & folios my dear Charles, & think no more of me or my Foolscap.. Goodbye--
- f1 41.f1Probably George Arthur Clive, brother of Robert, Henry, and Edward (see letter from Caroline & Susan Darwin, 2 [January 1826], n. 2). The `little Orange Nabob' perhaps refers to Robert or to another brother, Richard, both of whom spent some time in the Indian Civil Service (Eton School Lists).
- f2 41.f2Samuel Butler had two daughters, Mary and Harriet. Mary Butler married Edward Bather (DNB) in 1828.
- f3 41.f3An allusion to Oliver Goldsmith's She stoops to conquer (1773).