To Dear Friend1 12 January 1822
My Dear friend
I hope you had a pleasant ride yesterday on Domben2 I had a very pleasant walk at first we were very dull but afterward we were quite merry till Curnell Burg Leighton3 stoped us and walked with us in the quarry I have had such fun with nany and May4 about some stuff** that I thought very shocking it is in paling [skin] I thought it rogue5 I believ〈e〉 it cost eighteen pence a saucer of it—and that [Maryan] called very dear
I remain your Pug puller
**that stuff in the washroom
January 12th. 1822—
remember next summer to make two cave one for warlike instruments, the othe〈r〉 for relicks. Note spoon, old spear knife squirt if it can be found, and the name cut on the ash tree over the seat in the bank by the nut tree I belife that is all ove[r] the lief a plan of a machine
x a pin drove in the bark on which a piece of wood can turn up and down, aa the piece of wood, bb two pieces of string going down [over] the bank, cc two weights insted of springs, dd two pieces of coulored rag or ribbon e the tree on whi〈ch〉 I sit, g the bank, f [one word illeg] when the red rag is pulled up come to me, when the other lie still.6
Papa told me that Fridy perhaps I should go to Walcut to see all the beutiful things there7 but he told me not to set my mind upon it so therefore your affectionate pug whom you gave a good cough.
Remember this time ask Downs, the drums shall beat, the fifes shall play— and it is all for the sake of——8
I went to Athelton where I say Miss reynols and I like her very much I think her very pretty but I do not know she was a friend of Mariane and Caroline9 he[r] mothe[r] is half a quaker and I like her very murch, I believe Miss Reynols is going to be marriend to a clergyman, and has been under trial 1 2 3 4 or 5 year before Mrs Reynols would let her may him, and he has given some living, but I am not shure about this10 I like Mr and Mrs W Cluide11 very much indeed particularly Mr Clude but I dont thing Erasmus does for your must know he was with me indeed I dont think Erasmus liked it all together but I am [oky] I did, I think Miss and young Master Clude much mor[e] [talkative]
Was joined by Colonel Burgh Leighton when walking in the quarry. Plans to make caves next summer to store "warlike instruments" and "relicks". Sketches a design for a signalling device. May go with his father to visit the Earl of Powys at Walcot; visited Mrs and Miss Reynolds and William Pemberton Cludde.
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1M,” accessed on 29 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1M