To W. E. Darwin 30 [October 1862]1
My dear William
I write only just to thank you about the Lythrum. I do not feel at all so sure, that what you thought about the mid-styled looking different is rubbish:2 I am sure that it yields more seed. I think the seed of long-styled are rather larger than of the two other forms.—3
What a melancholy thing poor little Mauds death is. I am truly sorry for the Atherleys.4 It is not at all likely that you will have any opportunity, but if you have say how sincerely we sympathise with them.— I fear if Mr A. goes away for some time, you will be much confined to your work.— How does your health keep.? Poor Etty has not been very well lately, & it makes her low.5
John Lubbock comes here to dinner tomorrow; Heaven knows how I shall stand it.—6 Herbert Norman found the other day a very perfect Celt near Cudham:7 & a grand Mammoth’s tusk has just been found at Greenstreet Green.—8
Our greatest piece of news is that Lizzie at her own wish is to go to school at Kensington after Xmas;9 & if Horace is able to go, we shall part with Miss Ludwig.—10 Etty is going on Saturday,, if well enough as I very much hope she will be, to stay for a few days at the Bonham Carters.11
Thanks for Saturday Review; it was a nice little article.—12
Farewell | My dear old fellow | Your affect | C. Darwin
Months hence will do about counting seed; you will find it tedious work.—13
Thanks WED for observations on Lythrum.
Discusses family affairs.