Is "stomachy and be-blue-devilled" because of costs of publishing [Zoology and Coral reefs]. Wonders how the remainder [of the Zoology and Geology of "Beagle"] can be published without taking £200 or £300 out of their personal funds.
[12 Upper Gower Street]
My dear Emma.
I am anxious for the post today to hear how you are & how the chicks are.— Yesterday felt quite a blank from not hearing— I hope your teeth have not been plaguing you & poor dear old Doddums temper I hope to hear is better.—
On Saturday I went in City & did a deal of Printing business— I came back gloomy & tired— the government money has gone much quicker than I thought & the expences of the coral-volume are greater being, as far as we can judge from 130£ to 140£.— How I am publish the remainder I know not, without taking 2 or 300£ out of the funds—& what will you say to that.— I am stomachy & be blue deviled— I am daily growing very very old, very very cold & I daresay very sly.— I will give you statistics of time spent on my coral-volume, not including all the work on board the Beagle— I commenced it 3 years & 7 months ago, & have done scarcely anything besides— I have actually spent 20 months out of this period on it! & nearly all the remainder sickness & visiting!!!
Catty stops till Saturday; notwithstanding all my boasting of not caring for solitude,
I believe I should have been dreary without her.— She went to Foundling Church
to hear Bishop Thirlwall preach, wh. lasted till
I am very glad you have not missed seeing the Langtons. when do they go? I hope I shall see them & the little Doddy Secundus.—
Ask Brodie where is Key of G. Square?
The colourist has invented a clever plan to save me looking over the maps.— he counts the circles of each separate colour & so necessarily detects every error.—
Yesterday I went at 2 oclock & an hour's hard talk with Horner on affairs of Geolog Soc & it quite knocked me up & this makes my letter rather blue in its early part.—
After long watching the Postman your letter has at last arrived. you cannot tell how
much I enjoy hearing about you all.— How strange poor old Doddy seems to
be— I grieve he does not get better; I agree with you it w
good bye.— I long to kiss Annie's botty-wotty | C.D.—
- f1 626.f1An allusion to one of Harry Wedgwood's verses—an ‘epitaph’ on Susan Darwin (Emma Darwin 2: 70 n.):
Here the bones of Susan lie, She was old and cold and sly.
- f2 626.f2Connop Thirlwall.
- f3 626.f3The Reverend Alexander John Scott, a highly independent and successful preacher to whom Fanny Wedgwood was devoted. See Emma Darwin 1: 234 n.; Arbuckle 1983, p. 13 n. 18.
- f4 626.f4Edmund Langton.
- f5 626.f5The Darwin children's nurse took the children for outings to nearby Gordon Square.
- f6 626.f6Four colours were used for the maps in Coral reefs representing three types of reefs and active volcanoes (see letter to C. Lyell, 6 [July 1841]).