News of the Shrewsbury family. He cannot get his father to sympathise with the numbness in his finger ends or his fears of "ruin and extravagance".
My dear old Titty.
Why did you not tell me how your old self was: be sure tell me exactly next letter.— As for myself I am very brisk & have just been paying a call on Nancy & have been admiring her chateau, which really is very nice.— She showed two very old letters of my mother, such kind & considerate ones they were & the hand very like that of the Wedgwood family.— She also showed me a letter from Aunt Bessy which came with crockery & M. de Sevigne could not, I should think, have written more prettily on such an occasion.—
My letter will consist of odds & ends— I have not seen Baby, but Caroline looks to day death-like pale & I do not like
her looks— if the Baby cries, as she did last night, she stays up for
hours.— I go out for a turn on the terrace several times a day & mean
after Luncheon to attempt Shelton Rough,—but the fine ash-trees there have all
been cut down.— I weighed yesterday before luncheon
Looking over your letter again, I see I somehow overlooked that you say you have been
pretty brisk— I am very glad of it— you seem to have had a nice
evening at 16.— You were quite right to send me
sneers versus M
- f1 704.f1Margaret Susan Wedgwood, born 29 September 1843.
- f2 704.f2The ‘Weighing Account’ book kept at Shrewsbury has only one entry for CD's weight during this visit: ‘Oct 19 11 7
’ (Down House MS). 1 2
- f3 704.f3William Erasmus Darwin's baby name for Elizabeth Wedgwood. CD recorded it in his book of obser- vations of William as a baby: ‘he one day graciously gave Elizabeth a kiss, but repenting said “Doddy did not kiss Dziver” ’ (DAR 210: 17, p. 39).
- f4 704.f416 Gower Street, the home of Fanny and Hensleigh Wedgwood.
- f5 704.f5The practice of homoeopathy was originated by Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann in Germany around 1796 and introduced to England in 1827 by Dr Frederic Hervey Foster Quin; by 1837 the number of practitioners had risen to between seventy and eighty despite bitter opposition.
- f6 704.f6Harriet Elizabeth Mostyn Owen whose son, Henry, had recently died (see letter from William Mostyn Owen Sr, 26 March 1843).