Has been in "a perfect and absolute state of idleness", riding and walking in the morning, gambling at Van John [vingt-et-un] in the evening.
"Little Go" has been unusually strict.
My dear Fox
The very day I received your letter, I had given up all hopes of receiving one, & had written to you again at Clifton, in order to receive some account of all your proceedings: I suppose, as you are now at Bath, you will not have the pleasure of receiving it: that will not however be a very serious loss to you: as it contained nothing that might not as well have been left unsaid, excepting the old burthen of all my letters, that I wished to hear what you are doing.—
I have been in such a perfect & absolute state of idleness, that it is enough
to paralyze all ones faculties; riding & walking in the morning, gambling at Van
John to a most disgusting extent in the evenings, compose the elegant &
instructive routine of my life. Lord help me, with this basis, how is it likely that I
should be able to write a letter: for six weeks past have I been intending daily to
write to my injured brother, & I cannot screw my courage to the sticking point,
& so you ought to be much flattered at my writing at all to you. Therefore you
must take the intention for the deed, & excuse my abominably stupid scrawls:
Markham has not sold Sappho accordingly I have given her to him: There are no letters
for you: Pullein wrote to you at Clifton & wants an answer, direct Rev.
Your friend M
I shall go up to Town for a few days with old Whitley next week, & I wish I
could afford to put your very pleasant scheme into execution. But all my allowance is
spent, & 2 Tutors bills may be expected.—in due
time.— I think it is probable that you may see Wilmer
there sometime this Easter Vacation.— Polo has not brought me many insects
lately, but the Pieman has brought me a great many, inter alia Chlænius
holoriseus.— I am sadly in want of somebody to
entomologize with. I wish A. Way was here. Holland saw him in Switzerland from
whence he was going into Italy. Who do you think walked into my room the other day? Our
old Irish friend, dressed most respectably, he said M
Chapman tells me that he intends writing to you very soon: I cannot compre- hend your plans. Whose Curacy is it you wish to get?
I am very sorry to hear that M
Yours most affectionately | C. Darwin
- f1 61.f1Alexander Malcolm Wale. `In Apr. 1829 he was mobbed by undergraduates who pursued him from the Senate House to the gates of St John's, hissing and groaning, and though some of the offenders were summoned before the Vice-Chancellor's Court, the Proctors were not satisfied and sent in their resignations' (Alum. Cantab.).
- f2 61.f2Bradford Wilmer.
- f3 61.f3Chlaenius holosericeus.