Preparations for the wedding, various callers, and other bits of news.
My dear Charles
I sat growling & shivering over the fire most of the day on Friday making “pillow cases” & such like & yesterday I was very poorly in myself not I am sorry to say with grief at parting with you, but all owing to that horrid little bit of stewed beef we had on Thursday & again on Friday & half poisoned two or three of us. So I was rather grieved to receive a call from Mrs Butt & Miss Edwards who were very friendly & gracious & always take me in to believe it all when I am with them. Jos came on Friday in his way to Shrewsbury & had heard from Caroline a very good account of the D
Yesterday Eliz. went to Seabridge dined there & came home in the evening. I have not been able to catch her in a reflecting mood, to make y
Monday Are not you pleased at the frost going & the canal being open. Today the Miss Northens are coming very early & I shall have to do a prodigious quantity of friendship with Ellen who adores me extremely & will want to know all about every thing & my chief aim will be to tell her nothing about any thing. I shall treat her like your sisters do the Owens pretend to be very open & carefully never tell anything. I like her very much however, & she is very superior to the rest of the family. This last week does feel so odd & yet sometimes I think I must be very unfeeling not to mind leaving home & these dear ones more than I do. Caroline Tollet sends word that she wishes to attend the wedding & that they would come on the Tuesday morning supposing there was no bed for her, but we shall manage to find one. The Aclands insist upon having a better account of the wedding than the one I gave Ellen which is very unreasonable so I shall ask Mrs Frank to write to them after it is over & I am sure she will do every justice to the subject. I dont believe you read any of Lambs letters. Have you read the poor lady's travels by the railroad in Belgium in the last Athenæum
for once I found the Ath. entertaining. The description of the whirling along is very good.
Goodbye my dear dear Charley yours Emma W.
I shall be very glad to have your letter.
- f1 490.f1In July 1838 CD had started a separate notebook, ‘Metaphysics on Morals & Speculations on Expression’. This (Notebook M) was continued in Notebook N during 1839. The baby was Hensleigh Wedgwood's son Ernest, born in 1838 (see Notebook N: 37). When his own son William was born in December 1839, CD began to keep systematic notes on the child's development (DAR 210.17) which he later summarised and published as ‘A biographical sketch of an infant’, Mind 2 (1877): 285–94 (Collected papers 2: 191–200). His interest in the expression of the emotions, which continued for more than thirty years, led to the publication of his book on the subject in 1872.
- f2 490.f2Frances Mosley Wedgwood, wife of Francis (Frank) Wedgwood.
- f3 490.f3Talfourd 1837.
- f4 490.f4Hood 1839.