Congratulates CD on the Copley Medal.
Delamere Ry | Northwich
My dear Darwin
I was much pleased to see you have the Copley Medal given you by RS. I suppose it is a great honour from such a Soc
I wish I could hear that you were in better health, but I
suppose your destiny is to let your Brain destroy your Body. If equal to writing a few
lines it w
I hope you are all well as, I am thankful to say we are except my poor Wife who is
shortly expecting our 16
We quite hoped we had fulfilled our destiny in this respect, but I have no doubt the
little stranger will find a nook among <the> others. How children
<do> grow— My eldest <is> just expecting her
It is awful to reflect upon— What old fellows we get. I do not imagine I
shall leave home till the spring, when I shall probably be in or about
London—& if you and M
With our Kindest regards | <My> dear Darwin | <Your> affec Friend & Cousin | W. D. Fox.
- f1 4683.f1The year is established by the reference to the Copley Medal (see n. 2, below).
- f2 4683.f2The Council of the Royal Society of London voted to award CD the Copley Medal on 3 November 1864 (Royal Society, Council minutes).
- f3 4683.f3CD's health had improved since the spring of 1864 (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 April  and n. 5; however, he was still weak and suffered intermittently from sickness (see, for example, letter to J. D. Hooker, 25 [June 1864], letter to John Lubbock, 19 November  and n. 5, and letter from William Jenner, 24 November 1864).
- f4 4683.f4Gilbert Basil Fox, born 16 December 1864, was the twelfth child of W. D. Fox and his second wife, Ellen Sophia. Fox and his first wife, Harriet, had five children, one of whom died in 1853 (Darwin pedigree).
- f5 4683.f5Eliza Anne Fox had married Henry Martyn Sanders. Their third child was Laura Katherine Sanders (Darwin pedigree).
- f6 4683.f6Samuel William Darwin Fox matriculated at Wadham College, Oxford; he received his BA from Oxford University in 1864 (Alum. Oxon.).