His routine days at Cambridge.
Entomology stopped for the present.
His reading, gambling, and parties. News of Cambridge friends.
My dear Fox
I am afraid if you judge from the time I take in answering your letters you will think I am not very impatient to receive them. Your last letter however was at no time more acceptable to me, as our correspondence, through the Porters stupidity had nearly come to an untimely end;—
I am much grieved to find how likely it is my prophecy will be verified, & am
still more so to hear the cause. I hope however by this time that M
J. Price is reading very hard on the same subject, & seems to find it
no ordinary labour.— I suppose you have heard by this time both from Holden
& Pulleine: the latter, as you will perceive is half mad with joy: I saw him the
next morning & he literally could not sit still in any posture for five minutes
together.— I am anxious to hear how you like Clifton, & what you are
doing there? I suppose your unsettled life will prevent you doing much of anything,
& amongst the rest of Entomology: I had such a dose of ``the Science'' in
London; that I have hardly recovered from it even to this time: this sort of scientific
seediness after a nights debauch joined with M
I see good deal both of Herbert & Whitley, & the more I see of them, increases every day the respect I have for their excellent understandings & dispositions. They have been giving some very gay parties—nearly sixty men there both evenings.— You ask me about the money? I know no more than the man in the moon what the sum is, indeed, I had entirely forgotten all about it till I received your letter. I thought I had occasionally heard you mention the regularity with which you keep your accounts. I must confess, their utility is most striking.—
I have paid Clayton for the memorable Swan. After all it was hardly kept long enough: it was pretty good, but tasted like neither flesh nor fowl, but something half way, like Venison with Wild Duck— Have you heard anything more of the old sinner the incumbent, not that I exactly understand how his not paying for dilapidation influences you, as if I understood right, you were to live in a farm house situated some miles from any other human habitation. I hope you will write soon, & give me an account of all your ``outgoings'' & ``incomings''.—
Give my most kind respects to M
Recollect: that Deo Volente whether your Parsonage boast of a roof or not I shall pay you a visit this summer. *S 2
- f1 59.f1Mary Ann Bristowe, Fox's older sister.
- f2 59.f2Messrs Polo and Harbours sold specimens of insects to undergraduate entomologists (see letters to W. D. Fox, 1 April  and [10 April 1829]). Polo was a apparently a nickname. In an anecdote about his father, George Darwin says: `Amongst his Cambridge expeditions I remember his speaking of going down to the fens … with a sporting sort of guide who went by the name of Marco Polo, because he carried a leaping pole with a flat board fastened at the bottom for leaping the ditches' (DAR 112 (ser. 2): 17). ]
- f3 59.f3A corruption of `vingt-et-un', the popular card game.
- f4 59.f4No Simcox is listed in Alum. Cantab. or in the Cambridge University calendar. Possibly a familiar name for George Simpson (see letters to W. D. Fox, [18 May 1829], `Simpson', [3 January 1830], `old Simpcox').
- f5 59.f5Robert Clayton, Cambridge fishmonger and wild-fowl dealer.