All at Shrewsbury glad to hear good news of Mrs Fox.
CD left Tuesday by coach and two days' horseback ride to Cambridge. Goes to the Henslows' that night.
Christ College [Cambridge]
My dear Fox
When I received your last letter our house was full of company, & we had
somebody there every day till I left home, and I always feel it quite hopeless to think
of writing a letter if the house is not quite quiet.— We were all very glad to
hear so good an account of M
I arrived here in my most snug & comfortable rooms yesterday evening, after having had a most comfortless journey up here.— I left Shrewsbury on Tuesday & slept at Daventry, where I overtook my horse & rode him myself the two last days journey. The poor beast was so tired that he hardly knew whether he stood on his heels or his head.—& it will be some time before I undertake to ride a young horse a long journey again.— It will be very pleasant having horse up here. Moreover I think he will make a splendid hunter, from a specimen I had of him with Eytons hounds.—
There is not an individual up whom I know, & therefore I have had plenty of time to regret your absence.— How I wish you had been able to have stayed up here. we should have suited so well, each of us reading all morning & being idle all evening.— But it is not only when I am solitary that I regret your absence. Many many times do I think of our cozy breakfasts & even wish for you to give me a good scolding for swearing, & being out of temper or any other of my hundred faults— But is no use regretting; what cannot be altered.—
I have not seen Prof Henslow, but am going to a Party there to night; you have not told
me half enough what you think about M
This is a very stupid letter, but I will try not to write many such | & Believe
me dear Fox | y