From Sarah Elizabeth (Sarah) Wedgwood 23 December 
Camp Hill near Woore | Stafford
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
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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 333,” accessed on 30 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-333