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DCP-LETT-26

From E. A. Darwin   [9 March 1826]

[Glasgow]

Dear C.

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

Shrewsbury

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

Footnotes

1
The bequest of William Hunter to the University of Glasgow. The collection included geological, zoological, and ethnographical specimens, medical preparations, a library, manuscripts, coins, and works of art.
2
Instead of a signature, there is a scrawl resembling a leaf or feather.

Summary

Found his vessel delayed. Spent an hour or so at the Hunterian Museum, "well worth going to".

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-26
From
Darwin, E. A.
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
[Glasgow]
Source of text
DAR 204.1
Physical description
AL 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 26,” accessed on 1 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-26

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