CD will remain in Cambridge during the whole vacation.
J. F. Stephens has been ill; hence no recent publications.
Has seen a good deal of J. S. Henslow.
My dear Fox
I should have answered your letter sooner than this, only that for the few last days I
have been very busy in taking sundry long walks: The information your letter contained
about Erasmus, settled my plans & I immediately made up my mind to remain here
during the whole vacation. And I have since heard from M
If it had but been possible for you to have come up here during this Vacation, how very snug & quiet we should have been, but in another respect, vid: Entomology, it is better as it is, as this cold & rainy weather has driven all the beetles back to their homes.—
Do continue steadily to try to start for Cambridge, before the end of this month, for if you have many more delays, all the time will slip by. Let me hear from you some little time before you come; And I most fervently hope that time is near.— but there is no use in hoping, as I am sure, if you find it possible, we shall meet before the end of the month.—
I suppose you do not know much more of your plans for the summer, than youdo of those
for the spring. M
I want to know did you receive with your birds the ring Owzel?—
Barker, whom we met at Sir Francis is come up as Fellow Commoner to Downing. is his Mother alive? for he talked one day as if Derbyshire was no longer a home to him.— I have been seeing a good deal lately of Prof: Henslow; I took a long walk with him the other day: I like him most exceedingly, he is so very goodnatured & agreeable.—
This letter is strange rag-tag & bob tail affair, & a poor return for
your agreeable ones, but with it go my best wishes for you my dear Fox & believe
me | Y
- f1 79.f1CD was using Stephens 1829, Mandibulata, vol. 1, in cataloguing his specimens (see letter to W. D. Fox, [9 May 1830], n. 4). In his copy, which is preserved at the Cambridge University Library, there are notes opposite each species in his collection, with the locations where they were taken. Occasionally names appear, e.g., `Hope', `Waterhouse', `Bought of Weaver 1829'.
- f2 79.f2Thomas Alfred Barker.
- f3 79.f3Francis Sacheverel Darwin. Francis Galton mentions him as `originally a physician, but for many years living in a then secluded part of Derbyshire, surrounded by animal oddities; half-wild pigs ran about the woods, tamed snakes frequented the house, and the like' (Galton 1874, p. 47).
- f4 79.f4Fellow Commoners (aristocrats and other `men of family') were the first of three ranks in which students were matriculated, the others being Pensioners (ordinary paying students) and Sizars, who received aid for which they had to perform services, often of a menial nature (Cambridge University calendar, 1831).