Responds to items in CD's letter, just received. Suggests parts of London where he might look for a house. Gives news of friends and relatives.
My dear Charles
Your letter has just come in & as I am sitting with Mamma instead of going to church I shall find it much pleasanter to have a little talk with you than to listen to Allen's Temperance sermon. Thank you dear Charles for complying with my fancy. To see you in earnest on the subject will be my greatest comfort & that I am sure you are. I believe I agree with every word you say, & it pleased me that you sh
The kettles & saucepans have been weighing a little upon my soul too though I think a frying pan & tea kettle w
Monday. On Friday Caroline & Jos came, she looking so well that I fully expect that she would perform the journey quite well & it is a pleasure to think of her as being safe at Shrewsbury. She was very charming & affectionate to me. I am in very good heart about her she looks so well & in such good spirits. I hope Robert does not really mean to prosecute & that his speech about Lord Palmerstone meant nothing. We are anxious to hear something more about him. Suppose you take a look at some houses in the back lanes about the Regents Park: Hensleigh thinks they are nice ones. What do you think of Bayswater & Kensington gardenways. You have a great deal on your hands poor old gentleman but you should have thought of that before. I have been looking at a cook but she does not like going so far. I shall have plenty of applications I don't doubt. I don't expect you to answer my letters as quickly as I answer yours. I have nothing else to do you know but waste my tediousness upon you, so don't think of writing when you are busy or tired & if a letter does not arrive when I am rather expecting one I shall read an old one over again instead. When you see Miss Martineau thank her for her little books which I have read & liked much & they will be very useful to me.
The Tollets were shocked to find I had not read Mr Lyells last book in which you are a great person & I really think I will try. Caroline Tollet says in her situation she finds she can read nothing but sermons & Nicholas Nickleby. I have unfortunately read Nicholas & don't find I have much capacity for sermons so I am in a bad way. The Hensleighs will go to town the end of next week I believe.
Good bye my dear Charley your affectionate E W.
- f1 444.f1CD's letter written in response to Emma's of [21–2 November 1838] is missing.
- f2 444.f2John Allen Wedgwood, Emma's cousin, vicar of Maer since 1825. See Emma Darwin 1: 180.
- f3 444.f3A reference to her request that CD read Jesus' discourse to his disciples.
- f4 444.f4Caroline Tollet.