Arrangements for Emma's return to Down.
CD has been "wonderfully strong".
My dear Em.
Thank goodness this is my last note & that in two more days, you will be here—
The horse cannot go for you, so Parslow will go up &
meet you at the Train, take you 16 & afterwards by
You had better lie down & rest at 16 & be a good girl.— I do hope you will stand the Journey well.—
I have been wonderfully strong; on Saturday I sat up reading till
Farewell, my dearest. | Yours, C. D.
I can fancy poor Annies scarlet face at Minnys kisses, poor dear Boddy Bumpkins.—
- f1 726.f1Endorsed by Emma Darwin: ‘1844 Down— I had been at Betley’. Betley Hall, Staffordshire, was the home of the Tollet family. Later, on the cover, Emma wrote ‘On my return to Down after absence in Staff—1845?’ The date given above is the most likely. CD and Emma had been in Staffordshire and Shropshire between 23 April and 30 May 1844 (see ‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 3, Appendix II); CD had then returned to Down but Emma did not come home until 5 June, as evidenced by her diary and CD's Account Book (Down House MS).
- f2 726.f2Joseph Parslow was the butler at Down House.
- f3 726.f3Emma's brother and his wife, Hensleigh and Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood, lived in London at 16 Gower Street.
- f4 726.f4Probably John Jordan, a servant at Down House.
- f5 726.f5Anne Elizabeth Darwin, Emma and CD's oldest daughter. Minny has not been identified.