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From Sarah Elizabeth (Sarah) Wedgwood   23 December [1836]

Camp Hill near Woore | Stafford

Decr. 23d.

My dear Charles

As I like to take time by the forelock I have during your absence been presenting my wedding gifts to my nieces & nephews without too curiously inquiring whether they were ready for the same, I wish now to close my account by begging you will do me the kindness to accept the 40 pounds enclosed & to consider it as a wedding offering.

I was sorry to hear that you were very unwell after you left Maer, I hope you are well again and stronger than you were. Caroline rather puzzled me by saying that you have taken a lecture room at Cambridge, but I suppose you mean to employ it not exactly in its own line.

All our people hereabouts are pretty well, the Seabridgians1 are spending a week at Maer: they expect Susan next week at Seabridge. I was surprised to see Miss Martineaus book advertised,2 I think that must be a sign of its coming out in less than a year.

Good bye my dear Charles | ever yours affectionately. | S Wedgwood


Harry and Jessie Wedgwood.
Probably a reference to Martineau 1837.


Has been presenting wedding gifts to her nieces and nephews during CD’s absence, without asking whether they are ready for them, so she sends him £40.

Caroline says CD has taken a lecture room for his work at Cambridge.

Letter details

Letter no.
Sarah Elizabeth (Sarah) Wedgwood
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Camp Hill
Source of text
DAR 204.12
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 333,” accessed on 27 April 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 1