CD likes Down House, describes countryside.
Tells of Edward Charlesworth fracas at Geological Society.
Is at work on Volcanic islands.
Down near Bromley | Kent
My dear Fox
It is a long time since we have had any communication. They forwarded to me from
Shrewsbury your note of enquiry about all of us.— I by this heard of your
return & I have since quite lately heard of your travelling with my cousin Eliza
Wedgwood in the Railway, accompanied by your two very pretty little girls. I was very
glad to hear, that you were looking pretty well— you will hardly believe
yourself how very bad you looked when I last saw you in Gower St. What a great tour you
have taken; I hope you have enjoyed it to a certain extent; under other circumstances, I
should think travelling w
I attend the councils at the Geolog. Soc. (where by the way we have lately had a
fracas, about Charlsworth the late Editor of the Journal of Nat Hist.—who was
rejected as candidate for poor Lonsdale's place (who has retired from
ill-health) on account of ill-temper and consequently M
I am now preparing a very thin volume or pamphlet on the volcanic islands visited by the Beagle— it forms a second Part to the First on coral Reefs, now published.—
You will have heard in what a lamentable state of health, Emma's father is
sunk into. It is melancholy what a changed house Maer is; within a few years there was
always a large party there, full of intelligence & activity, & now all
are scattered, except Elizabeth Wedgwood, & both M
I trust M
- f1 654.f1Their third child, Mary Eleanor Darwin had died on 16 October 1842.