To Dear Friend1 4 January 1822
My Dear friend
you must know that after my Georgraphy, she2 said I should go down to ask for Richards3 poney, just as I was going, she said she must ask me not a very decent question, that was whether I wash all over every morning no then she said it was quite disgustin then she asked me if I did every other morning, and I said no then she said how often I did, and I said once a week, then she said of cour you wash your feet every day, and I said no, then she begun saying how very disgusting and went on that way a good while, then she said I ought to do it, I said I would wash my neck and shoulders, then she said you had better do it all over then I said upon my word I would not, then she told me, and made me promise I would not tell, then I said, why I only wash my fett once a month at school, which I confess is nasty, but I cannot help it, for we have nothing to do it with,4 so then Caroline pretended to be quite sick, and left the room, so then I went and told erasmus,5 and he bust out in laughing and said I had better tell he to come and wash them her self, besides that she said she did not like sitting by me or Erasmus for we smelt of not washing all over, there we sat arguing away for a good while.
I remain your affectionately
Justice [burst] w[ith] a nose as big as your fist
January the 2, 1822
The second letter today6
Caroline disapproves of his not washing.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- Dear Friend
- Source of text
- Ursula Mommens, Memorandum book, Darwin Archive, CUL
- Physical description
- AL 4pp
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1K,” accessed on 30 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1K
Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)