To John Maurice Herbert [1 January 1837]
My dear old Herbert.
As I have not seen you to wish you good bye in propriâ persona, I must do it, on paper for I suppose you will not be in Cambridge at the latter end of the week when I return;1 I do not know when I have spent a merrier evening than yesterdays— It was like the old time sitting by you & hearing prodigies— I shall not in a hurry forget your awful appearance as you lay on the sofa with a great snow ball in the place of your head.— Jem2 certainly victimized you in capital style.— I suppose we shall have the Gentleman in the Plaid Coat, hawking “this is the head of that well know character fellow of St Johns3 &c & c” I certainly will put my name down for a proof before letters4 if there are such things— I was wishing so much that we had agreed to take a walk.— I went into Kings & heard Sauls dead March.— What a glorious sight the whole is— I never formerly knew how properly to admire it—
Adios, you best of good old Fellows. Chas Darwin. 3. Fitzwilliam St 5
Enjoyed the merry evening with JMH.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 339,” accessed on 6 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-339