Has met Frederick William Hope, the entomologist; relates F. W. Hope's praise of CD's collection and his generous offer of assistance.
My dear Fox
I should have answered your letter before this, but when you know the reason, you will
say it is a good one.— But first, I must grieve over the loss both of your
hawk & stuffed birds the first is the most serious one, but I cannot help
grudging the fate of the others, as one gets a sort of affection for anything procured
by one own self: I go to Cambridge on Thursday, & shall arrive there on Friday
evening, & I hope it will not be long before you are there, & now for
the glorious news. I have been introduced, & if I may presume to say so, struck
up a friendship with M
Yours affectionat, | Ch Darwin
Catherine sends something more than her love to Julia, & entreats she will write soon.
I suppose you will soon be up at X
- f1 52.f1Frederick William Hope.
- f2 52.f2Netley Hall, the Hope family seat, about 5 miles south of Shrewsbury.
- f3 52.f3Probably John Fleming.
- f4 52.f4Breadsall Priory, near Derby, home of Elizabeth Collier Darwin, widow of CD's grandfather Erasmus.