Comments on birth [of Catherine Elizabeth Sophia Wedgwood].
Plans to visit Shrewsbury.
Describes behaviour of William Darwin.
Discusses speculation losses of acquaintances, including T. Carlyle's. Mentions his own loss on Journal of researches.
My dear Susan
What a load you must all feel removed. there certainly could not anything have happened better.— they are, however, horrid affairs at the best.— Give my kindest love to Caroline; tell me when next you write in which room she is.
Marianne will I suppose be gone before this arrives. I had hoped she was going to have
paid a long visit, in which case I thought I should have probably seen her. For I am
thinking of taking a rush to Shrewsbury by myself before our regular summer
visit—but my unwellness of late has put all my schemes to the rout as I wished
to have got my coral-volume printed off.— Tell me how soon the house would be
ready to have me for a week.— Emma wants me to go pretty soon to see if a
change would shake me right again, but I shall try & finish my volume
first. I am a widower at present, as Emma & Dziver
(Doddys name for Elizabeth) are gone to M
I saw Erasmus yesterday, who was going to dine with Hensleighs, who have stupid party
of the Malthus'; & Fanny moreover far from being well.—
Erasmus tells me poor T. Carlyle has lost all his little capital
200 or 300£ in some of the American speculations.—
Talking of money, I reaped the other day all the profit, which I shall ever get from my
Journal, which consisted in paying M
Love to all, my dear old Chuc<ky> & tell me exactly how soon or how late you would like a fly visit from me.— Give my love to Jos. Ever yours | C.D.
(Pray let us hear before long, how Caroline is going on.)
- f1 621.f1A reference to the birth of Katherine Elizabeth Sophy Wedgwood, daughter of Caroline and Josiah Wedgwood III, on 17 February.
- f2 621.f2CD was correcting proofs of Coral reefs, which was published in May 1842.
- f3 621.f3Anne Marsh.
- f4 621.f4William Erskine, husband of Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood's half-sister, Maitland Mackintosh (Freeman 1978).