Has heard of CD’s forthcoming book [Descent] from J. D. Hooker.
Leaves next week for winter quarters in Sandown.
Delamere Rectory | Northwich | Cheshire
My dear Darwin
What an age it is since we have met, or even corresponded.f2 I haveoften thought of you and wished to write, but knowing how much youare engaged, I have not done so. Dr Hooker told me a few weeks since,that you are going to astonish us all very shortly by a new work.f3I shall anxiously look for it. There is such a freshness about yourBooks that I never tire of them, & when tired & worn out, take downa Volume, with the certainty that I shall soon be relieved from presenttroubles.
I now write in consequence of our having lost the direction of aGoverness, which we believe Mrs Darwin applied to us to help.If we are right in Mrs Darwin being the Applicant—She will fillup the enclosed for 3 Votes at the proper place. We applied toseveral others I believe, & I hope they have kept the name & properlyapplied. Should we be wrong in imagining Mrs Darwin to be theapplicant—you will kindly return the paper.f4
We go next week to our Winter Quarters at Sandown in Isle of Wight—stayingsome days with Mrs Fox’s Father at Hampstead.f5
Should you, by any accident be in London about that time I shouldgreatly enjoy five minutes intercourse with you.
Tell Mrs Darwin, with our kindest regards, to reply to this letter,and Believe my old & much valued Friend to remain Yours always |W. D Fox