Entomological visits with F. W. Hope and J. F. Stephens in London. News of insects taken and birds shot.
Has been advised by his tutor to defer the "Little Go". Sends news of Cambridge friends.
My dear Fox
When I arrived here on Tuesday, I found to my great grief & surprise, a letter on my table which I had written to you about a fortnight ago; the stupid porter never took the trouble of getting the letter forwarded: I suppose you have been abusing me for a most ungrateful wretch: but I am sure you will pity me now, as nothing is so vexatious as having written a letter in vain.—
Last Thursday I left Shrewsbury for London & staid there till Tuesday, on which
day I came down here by the Times: The two first day I spent
entirely with M
On Monday evening I drank tea with Stephens: his cabinet is
more magnificent than the most zealous Entomologist could dream of: He appears to be a
very goodhumoured pleasant little man.— I am glad to find that neither he nor
I shot whilst in Shrewsbury a Dundiver, (female Goosander as I suppose you know). Shaw has stuffed it, & when I have an opportunity I will send it to Osmaston: There have been shot also 5 Waxen Chatterers, 3 of which Shaw has for sale, would you like to purchase a specimen? I have not yet thanked you for your last very long & agreable letter: It would have been still more agreable had it contained the joyful intelligence, that you were coming up here; my two solitary breakfastes have already made me aware how very very much I shall miss you— How goes on Entomology? You ought to take a vast number of Mycetophagos insects in the Ash Wood
Your new Dyticus is a most extraordinary one: I have ordered a 15£ Cabinet, & when we get the insects all arrayed together; we shall be able to make them much better out. I have taken this Vacation the Diaporis Anea, an insect which only Stephens & Hope posses.—
By Grahams decided advice, I do not go in for my little Go.— Hoar left Cambridge for Devonshire this morning. Pulleine goes in for his degree today, in appearance he is in very good spirits, but his manners are quite different, & I think he has not at all recovered his most unfortunate accident.— Wedgwood is elected a fellow.— & this is all the news I can scrape together; Cambridge is in statu quo I left it, rain, sleet & cold winds, alternating.
Believe me | My dear old Fox | Most sincerely Yours | C. Darwin
Write soon, for I long to hear what the Bishop says:
- f1 57.f1The `Times' mail coach left London for Cambridge at 3 p.m. (Cambridge University calendar, 1829).
- f2 57.f2Edward Holland.
- f3 57.f3James Francis Stephens.
- f4 57.f4In the Autobiography, pp. 66--7, CD writes of Leonard Jenyns, `At first I disliked him from his somewhat grim and sarcastic expression … but I was completely mistaken and found him very kindhearted, pleasant and with a good stock of humour.'
- f5 57.f5John Graham, Fellow, later Master, of Christ's College and CD's tutor.
- f6 57.f6Hensleigh Wedgwood had taken his B.A. (8th Wrangler) in 1824. Because he was last in the Classical Tripos, that place became known as the `wooden wedge', corresponding to `wooden spoon', the traditional designation for the last place in the Mathematical Tripos (Alum. Cantab.). He was elected Fellow of Christ's College in 1829.