To W. E. Darwin 26 April 1
My dear William
What an incomparably good fellow you are to send me the eye-glass: I have now got it with a string round my neck, & practise every now & then, making horrible contortions, to keep it to my eye. I believe with practise I shall at last succeed, & that it will be very useful; & again I say that you are an incomparable good fellow.—
The Boys have all had a prosperous time of it, & return on Monday Evening to school:1 they all went up with Mamma (who has got her usual very bad headach) & went to play to see Ld. Dundreary, & are now constantly repeating the good jokes, with old Jingo throwing his head back with laughter.—2
Poor dear little Skimp has been rather better for these few days, but has had some attacks of the involuntary movements:3 he & Miss Ludwig go next week to Aunt Elizabeth’s at Hartfield to see what a change of air may do for him.4 He is a real little darling, so patient with all his discomfort.—
To day, thank Heavens, I finished last revise of my accursed little orchid-Book, of which a copy shall be sent you when it is out; but it will be stiff reading.—5 Tim (i.e. Alfred) arrived here last night; not an atom altered in any way, except in having an untidy stumpy beard.—6 We had another arrival, the night before last, of a school-fellow & friend of Franks, who told us an unintelligible story of losing his way & purse:7 he has just started, which is a good job. I wonder when you will come here again; I saw nothing of you last time; but I am very glad that you saw Hooker work on plant.—8
Farewell, dear old fellow | Yours affecty. | C. Darwin
Thanks WED for eyeglass.
Reports on health of Horace and family matters.
Has finished Orchids.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3520,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3520