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Letter 96

Darwin, C. R. to Fox, W. D.

[7 Apr 1831]

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    CD expects pleasant spring term; will botanise with Henslow.

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    He is dreaming of going to the Canary Islands for tropical scenery.


My dear Fox

Do you mean to cut the connection; why do you not write? I sent the last letter; so by the laws of nations you ought to have written.— I was in such bustle, when I last wrote to you: that I really forget how our various money transactions go on.— I will state them.— I have in my possession your 5£: I have paid Aiken 2"13"6. But have not paid Bakers bill, (not having seen him) which amounts 5£"3s"6 including 12s. for apples for Henslows— I shall start for Cambridge tomorrow week: but shall stay a few days in London to hear Operas &c &c.— Let me have a letter from you waiting at Cambridge, or before I go there: I will settle all your affairs for you.—

I expect to spend a very pleasant Spring term: walking & botanizing with Henslow: I suppose it is out of the question, your snatching a Parsons week & running up to Cambridge. I think you would enjoy; I am sure I should;— Think of it.—

At present, I talk, think, & dream of a scheme I have almost hatched of going to the Canary Islands.— I have long had a wish of seeing Tropical scenery & vegetation: & according to Humboldt Teneriffe is a very pretty specimen.—

Looking over your letter I find there is a bill Orridges, is it distinct from the 2£"13"6?

If you are not busy, you had better write to me before tomorrow week, & give me circumstantial account of every thing that you can think of.— How all your family are? &c &c.

Believe me dear old Fox | Most sincerely | Chas Darwin *S 2

Shrewsbury Thursday

PS. tell me how, where &c &c, you are living?

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    f1 96.f1
    `the time taken as a holiday by a clergyman who is excused a Sunday, lasting (usually) from Monday to the Saturday week following' (OED).
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    f2 96.f2
    See chapter two of Humboldt 1814--29: ????; also Autobiography, p. 68, where CD writes that he copied out from Humboldt long passages about Tenerife. The English translation of Personal narrative is in Darwin Library--CUL in six volumes of various editions. Volumes one and two, in one, third edition, 1822, is inscribed `J. S. Henslow to his friend C. Darwin on his departure from England upon a voyage around the World 21 Septr 1831'. All of the volumes have some marginal scoring of passages and occasional comments. Volume five has a list of page numbers on the end-paper; volumes one and two, three, and seven have notes by CD pinned in back.
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