Mainly news of the three children.
My dear Emma
I shall write my Babbiana tonight, instead of before breakfast. It is really wonderful
how good & quiet the children have been; sitting quite still during two or three
visits conversing about everything & much about you & your
return— When I said I shall jump for joy, when I hear the dinner bell Willy
said, “I know when you will jump much more—when Mamma comes
home” & so shall I responded many times Annie. It is evident to me,
that you must be the cause of all the children's fidgets &
naughtinesses.— Annie told me that Willie had never been quite round
the world, but that he had been a long way, beyond Leave's Green— The
Baby has neglected me much today & would not play; she c
My own annals are of the briefest, I paced half-a dozen times along Kitchen Garden in the horrid cold wind, & came in & read Monsters & co, till tired, had some visits from children, had very good dinner & very good negus —played with children till 6 oclock read again & now have nothing to do, but most heartily wish you back again.—
My dear old wife, take care of yourself & be a good girl.
Sat. Morn. All right—Willy said to me “poor Poor laying all by himself & no company in the drawing room.” Farewell to our Slip of Land Is not poor Eliza's letter wonderful, pray beg Harry to give some kind message from us—
- f1 810.f1Dated on the basis of the letter to Emma, [3–4 February 1845].
- f2 810.f2The door separating the kitchen quarters from the rest of the house.
- f3 810.f3I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1832–7. CD's annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL. He recorded that he finished reading this work in March 1845 (DAR 119; Vorzimmer 1977, p. 133).
- f4 810.f4‘A mixture of wine (esp. port or sherry) and hot water, sweetened with sugar and flavoured [with nutmeg]. Invented by Col. Francis Negus, British soldier (d. 1732).’ (OED).
- f5 810.f5CD had difficulties acquiring some strips of land over which access to Down House was gained and other small plots adjacent to his property. This note may refer to the land under discussion in Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Susan Darwin, [8 December 1843]. See also Correspondence vol. 4, letter to John Higgins, 10 September .
- f6 810.f6Sarah Elizabeth (Eliza) Wedgwood was Emma's cousin; her sister, Jessie, married Emma's brother, Henry Allen (Harry) Wedgwood, in 1830.