To Dear Friend1 1 January 1822
January 1st. 1822
My Dear friend
I think it is a most abominable thing, the minute Erasmus went out of the room, they began abusing him for being out of temper, you must know that he is not well, and that he hath got the rheumatism, and very pale, and particularly Maryan1 of couse you know how peevish Maryane is when she is unwell2 but just the reverse I think Erasmus very good humered to day he came back from enquiring about his ticket, on purpose, because he thought I should like it, the reason was because he was going to draw for Cam bell Bible,3 and I must now conclude
so therefore your
Note this day I received this ye cabinet4
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Dear Friend
- Source of text
- Ursula Mommens, Memorandum book, Darwin Archive, CUL
- Physical description
Erasmus Alvey Darwin has rheumatism; his sisters complain of his bad temper but CD thinks him very good tempered. CD has received a new cabinet. [This is the first of six entries written in a "Memorandum book" comprising four sheets folded into a gather and sewn together in book form. The entries are in the style of letters addressed to an unnamed friend and are dated between 1 and 12 January 1822, shortly before CD’s thirteenth birthday. As they were written straight into the memorandum book, it is clear that they were never sent through the post, but were either to an imaginary recipient, or intended to be read by someone in the household, possibly CD’s youngest sister, Emily Catherine Darwin (Catherine).]
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1F,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1F