CD is collecting entomological specimens;
extols the charms of Fanny Owen.
My dear Fox
I am sorry I did not write to you, as I promised, on Monday, but we have had people in the house so could not.— I & M
You cannot imagine how pleased my Father was with the Death-Head's; to use his own words ``if he himself had thought for a week he could not picked out a present so acceptable''. He came in very tired from Nottinghamshire, & the sight of them acted like a charm— I hope it is not the Entomological Mr. Boothby, (who married Lord Vernons daughter), who is so very ill: My Father in his way back again, called at the Priory: where M
Catherine had a letter the other day from Bessy Galton, which contained a flaming account of Erasmus entry in the Navy, ushered in by right honourable Lords & gallant Captains.—
This letter is a most unconnected tissue of facts; but whilst I recollect, I must put you in mind that you have my snuff box, & I have yours; doubtless yours is the most valuable: but mine was the gift of M
But believe me my dear Fox | Yours most sincerely | Chas: Darwin.
Do write soon & tell me how Entomology goes on.— Catherine is ruminating some message to you, which will express a proper proportion of kindliness & decorum mingled in due measure. I cannot wait, so frame one according to your own liking.— I most cordially hope your degree goes on well. write a most minute & particular account of all your doings.
- f1 54.f1Death's Head moth (Acherontia stropos).
- f2 54.f2Elizabeth Ann Galton.
- f3 54.f3Erasmus Galton, Bessy Galton's brother.