From William Darwin Fox 6 February 1
Delamere Rectory | Northwich | Cheshire
My dear Darwin
It is now long since I have heard any thing of you.2 Is there the least hope of your being in or near London from middle of next week this the following one?3 I should so very much like to see you again. I am going to take my 3rd Boy to a school near Maidenhead, and must be a few days in or about London.4 How our children grow up— My eldest has been now near two years at Oxford5
—My 2d is in 6th Form at Repton, and promises to be clever—6 My 3d, as I said going to Maidenhead— My 2 eldest girls each with a fine boy—and the other 10 running up like willows.7
Yours I suppose are doing rapidly—while we (as one of my little ones said to her Mother a few days since) go down as they go up.
Are you a Believer in Free Martins—8 I have always found them true in practise till now. A Lady near here, whom I know well, and her twin Brother also—has one from Baby & just had a miscarriage of another.
How are Caroline Susan & Catherine?9 What ages it is since I have seen them—The former never since her Marriage. I shd much like to see her & her two girls.10
Susan I mean to offer to pay a visit to ere long, if she will have me.
That I may not tire you out I will conclude with our kindest regards to Mrs Darwin—from your old friend & cousin | W D Fox
Mr Woodds | Hillfield | Hampstead | NW | after next Wednesday 11
Hopes they might meet as WDF has to come to town.