Invites WDF to visit.
Describes activities of his children.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Fox
I was very glad to receive your letter with some news of yourself.f2We hope (but it is not quite certain) to be at 6. Q. Anne St on March 4th & stay a week there, & I shall be very glad to see you there onceagain.—f3 But if not, or indeed in any case, will you not come downhere & pay us a visit?— We shall all be heartily glad to see you.—From what I remember of Sandown, I can quite believe it the“temple of the winds”. This horrid cold has made me miserable: nothingwill keep me decently warm. I have resumed my rides, & am able to doa good deal of writing every day, but I never pass 6 hours withouta fit of extreme discomfort, & so I shall go on to the last of myuncomfortable days. Yet with all my discomfort I am very happy, thanksto my dear wife & good children.
They are all pretty well, but Georgef4is not strong, & I greatly fear he will find the Bar too severe work. Iregret this much for he is such an indomitable worker & has so clear ahead that I think he wd be very successful. He dined lately atMr Bristowe’s,f5 who has been very kind to him & advised him.— Ihope you will get to know William at Southampton, who flourishes in hisbusiness & has got a little House at Basset near the common.—f6 Frank, (nor 3) is going to be educated as a Doctor, & is goingnext year to try for Honours in the Science tripos.f7 Leonard is headman, ie, Divisional officer, at Woolwich, & will be sure of his commission asEngineer this time next year.—f8 Horace is rather an invalid, at atutor in Suffolk & has great mathematical aptitude, but isI fear too weak to do muchf9 Henrietta is staying in S. of France,partly for health & partly for pleasure, & Bessy alone is athome—f10
By Heavens I have told you enough about us all! One of Caroline’sdaughters is married to a clergyman, son of Judge Williams.f11
I hope we shall meet. Farewell my dear old friend. | Yours affectionately |Ch. Darwin