Consents to be godfather to WDF's child.
Sends family news.
My dear Fox
I was very glad to hear from you— I had thought of writing but purpoosely
deferred it, till I learned how your family were.— You must have gone through
dredful suspense & suffering— I hope M
We are all well here and our two babies are, I think, strong healthy ones, & it is an unspeakable comfort this— For myself I have steadily been gaining ground & really believe now I shall some day be quite strong— I write daily for a couple of hours on my Coral volume & take a little walk or ride every day— I grow very tired in the evenings & am not able to go out at that time or hardly receive my nearest relations—but my life ceases to be burthensome, now that I can do something. We are taking steps to leave London & live about 20 miles from it on some Railway— we are going in a few days to see house & land 6 miles north of Windsor: we shall not actually be transplanted till next spring
I had a letter two days since from Henslow, who appears very happy & flourishing —giving lectures, displays of fireworks, initiating agricultural prizes, & I do not know what besides, for his Parishioners— As I tell him, I wish Botanists were his Parishioners, he would then do a little more scientific work—
I presume your wife & children are at Osmaston & that you are by yourself at Delamere, but I direct this there, as I hope it will catch you.— Pray let me hear from you before long about my being Godfather.— You & I will be then, what all Spaniards who hold that relation to each other, delight to call each other “compadre” so my dear old expectant compadre farewell.
Your affect friend | Charles Darwin
12 Upper Gower St
- f1 606.f1Samuel William Darwin Fox, born 3 July 1841.
- f2 606.f2The search for a house was finally successful the following summer. The Darwins moved to Down House, Kent, in September 1842.