Has moved into the Gower Street house. Is pleased with it and its location.
Hopes to be able to finish his Glen Roy paper soon.
!!12 Upper Gower St
Monday January 1
My dear Emma
Many thanks for your two most kind, dear, & affectionate letters, which I received this morning.— I will finish this letter tomorrow. I sit down just to date & begin it, that I may enjoy the infinite satisfaction of writing to my own dear wife, that is to be, the very first evening of my entering our house. After writing to you on Saturday evening, I thought much of the happy future & in consequence did not close my eyes till long past two oclock, awoke at five & could not go to sleep.— got up, & set to work with the good resolution of spending a quiet day.— about eleven oclock found that would never do, so rang for Covington & said “I am very sorry to spoil your Sunday, but begin packing up I must, as I cannot rest”:— “Pack up, Sir, what for?” said M
This morning however, we began early & in earnest, & I may be allowed to boast, when I say that by half past three we had two large vans full of goods, well & carefully packed.— by six oclock we had them all safe here.— There is nothing left but some few dozen drawers of shells, which must be carried by Hand.— I was astounded, & so was Erasmus at the bulk of my luggage & the Porters were even more so at the weight of those containing my Geological Specimens.— The dining room, hall, & my own room are crammed & piled with goods— One servants room up stairs, & my own charming room below will hold all most admirably.— There never was so good a house for me, & I devoutly trust you will approve of it equally.— the little garden is worth its weight in gold.— About eight oclock, the old lady here, cooked me some eggs & bacon, (as I had no dinner), & with some tea, I felt supremely comfortable; How I wish my own dear lady had been here.— My room is so quiet, that the contrast to Marlborough is as remarkable, as it is delightful.— It is now near nine, & I will write no more, as I am thoroughily tired in the legs,—but wish you a good night, my own good dear Emma.— C. D.—
Tuesday morning— Once <mo>re I must thank you for your letters, which I have just read. — — I have been busy at work all morning, & have made my own room quite charming so comfortable.— the only difficulty is, that I have not things enough!! to put in all the drawers & corners. Erasmus has just been here, & has properly admired & declares that the house in many respects is even better than Tavistock Square.— He has me to dine with him to day at
I can neither write nor think about anything, but the house. I am in such spirits at our good fortune. Erasmus & Co
I will not write anymore at present, but will write very <soon> again.— I want just to scribble one line home, & then go & get the Respirator for Uncle Jos
Most affectionly Yours | Chas Darwin
P.S. I have heard of a Cook, who promises well through Erasmus's maid Sarah, I mean to get Fanny, as your representative, to see her.—
- f1 466.f11 January 1839 was a Tuesday. As the letter makes clear, CD began it on the evening of Monday, 31 December.
- f2 466.f2Two excisions were made in this letter by Emma Wedgwood, see letter from Emma Wedgwood, [3 January 1839], and letter to Emma Wedgwood, [6–7 January 1839]. The four sets of < > in the transcription indicate alternately the recto and verso of the excisions.