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Letter 783

Darwin, C. R. to Darwin, Emma

[18–29 Oct 1844]

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    Has been discussing wills and other legal matters with his father.

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[Shrewsbury]

Sunday

– My visit is going off very pleasantly; and my father is in excellent spirits. I have had a deal of “parchment talk,” as Catherine calls it, with my father, and shall have a good deal of wisdom to distil into you when I return, about Wills, &c… . My father says that Susan, the evening before she went, was enthusiastic in her admiration of you, in which you know how my father joins. I did not require to be reminded how well, my own dear wife, you have borne your dull life with your poor old sickly complaining husband. Your children will be a greater comfort to you than I ever can be, God bless them and you. Give my love and a very nice kiss to Willy and Annie and poor Budgy, and tell them how much I liked their little notes, which I read aloud to grandpapa. I shall be very glad to see them again. I always fancy I see Budgy putting her tongue out and looking up to me. Good-bye, my dears. | C. Darwin.

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    Dated from the ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 3, Appendix II): ‘1844 … Oct 18th to 29th at Shrewsbury’.
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    Henrietta Emma Darwin.
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