From Henrietta Emma Darwin [2 August 1857]1
My own dear Papa
I look forward with such pleasure to coming home & seeing you all again.2 Thank you for your very nice letter. It seems a long time since I was at home, it was 9 weeks on Friday. I am very sorry to hear of Mama’s headache.
I don’t know whether I told you that Mr Crawford is gone & Mr Butterworth come back. There is a Mr Beh come with a very red face but he is not a patient. I believe the Combes go on Monday. This ought to be the full season but it is very empty, only 8
I have very nearly done the “War Trail”3 & I’ve done one of the vols of Miss Strickland4 so I hope Mama has got plenty of books.
I must go out now so Goodbye My dear Papa | Yours | H E D
I feel very well today, but I can’t do much walking.
Is looking forward to returning home [from Moor Park hydropathic establishment]. News of other patients and the books she is reading. Although feeling well, cannot walk much.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2131A,” accessed on 26 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2131A