Writes to CD as "Brother Benedick" and sends hearty good wishes for health and happiness in marriage. They are sending a little silver candlestick for a wax taper.
7 Feb. 1839
My dear Brother Benedict,
Whewell assures me that you are certainly twin, though I have seen no account of the
important event in the Gazette or elsewhere— I must therefore take it for
granted that the Queens Speech or something else has so much occupied the thoughts of
all the Printers that they have forgotten you— I need not tell you how
heartily I wish you all health & happiness in your new estate—nor I
trust assure you that I know no one beyond the circle of my own family in whom I feel a
more hearty interest. Should it please God that we & our better halves are to
see many days, I hope our friendship will go on increasing & our intercourse be
more & more frequent— Mrs H. hopes with myself that you will
accept a trifling wedding present for M
With our united heartfelt good wishes to you & M
- f1 495.f1‘A newly married man; esp. an apparently confirmed bachelor who marries. [From the character of that name in Shaks. Much Ado about Nothing.]’ OED.