From E. A. Darwin [9 March 1826]
Of course you will be delighted to pay the postage of another note, being a second edition of my stupidity.
I have given up my intention of going by sea, & I was meditating to send you such an account of my not being sick but for want of something just at present to tell you I am obliged to tell you the truth, which is this.
I went to the office to get my place when I learnt that the vessel would not sail till Saturday & not then for certain because of the uncertainty of the weather: the man assured me it would not signify for if the vessel set off on Saturday we should be in Liverpool by Monday morning, which is rather too much of a good thing. I have sent my box to go by sea & it does not require to be directed to any person in Liverpool: If you also should alter your mind I dare say you can send it from Edinburgh directed in the following kind of fashion.
C. D. Laird & Co 25 York St. Glasgow By the Henry Bell Steam Boat
Liverpool To be sent on to
I went this morning & dawdled an hour or so over the Hunterian Museum1 which is well worth going to being only a 1/. & nobody to bother you by lionising. There are most splending foreign birds Birds of Paradise Humming Birds which quite dazzle the eyes. English Birds Lions &c, 4 ornithrync〈hi〉 numbers of snakes, min〈erals〉 shells, anatomical prep〈 〉 pictures, &c. &c. &c. &c.
The Students here actually play at foot ball within the precincts of the college: you never did see such a set set since you was born & please God never again.
I intend travelling the same route as we came bye indeed there is little choice without a considerable circuit.
Good Bye once again.2
Found his vessel delayed. Spent an hour or so at the Hunterian Museum, "well worth going to".