Congratulates CD on election of his son [George] as a Fellow of Trinity College.
Describes his ill health.
Invites CD to visit Cambridge.
[Letter dated November in error.]
Oct 11 | 1868
My dear Darwin
I returned to College (from my Cathedral residence at Norwich) in time to assist at the admission of the new Fellows. I shook hands with them in our antechapel, not knowing the name of any one of them; & little suspecting that your son was one of them. I heard their names afterwards & greatly rejoiced I was to find that the one who is junior on the list was your living representation, I tried to find him out, but he was gone; as I was told by a gyp.
Let me send you my warmest congratulations And now I do
hope that you will again sometimes come among us— All my
old friends are dead, or have left the University— So
that here I am living in solitude, for I cannot bear to go
out to any parties— Considering my great age—for I am
far advanced in the 84
There! I have been slopping my ink so 'tis time for me to conclude. My eyes do not—without a higher power than I am using—allow me to read what I am writing
Again accept my congratulations & believe me while my heart beats & my lungs heave Ever yours in all christian truth and good will | A Sedgwick
- f1 6416.f1Sedgwick was a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. As a prebendary of Norwich Cathedral, he was required to be in Norwich for two months of the year. (ODNB.)
- f2 6416.f2Sedgwick refers to George Howard Darwin; see also letter from E. A. Darwin, [11 October 1868].
- f3 6416.f3Gyp: a college servant at Cambridge and Durham (Chambers).
- f4 6416.f4Sedgwick suffered intermittently from poor health for most of his life (ODNB).
- f5 6416.f5CD had been a student at the University of Cambridge from 1828 to 1831; he accompanied Sedgwick on a geological field trip in the summer of 1831. See Correspondence vol. 1 and Browne 1995, pp. 137--43.