From Emma and Elizabeth Wedgwood to Catherine Darwin [13 November 1838]
My dear Catty
Since Charles went I have been rather afraid of his being in too great a hurry so I hope you will all hold him in a little especially the Dr I find Elizabeth would be very sorry if it was to happen very soon & that makes me wish more that things may not go too fast.
She forgets herself so much that I should like her to have her wish. besides which I should wish it myself. I don’t mean to insinuate that Charles would not mind what I say but if you all thought it could happen in no time as it were it would make me appear cross & disagreeable on Saturday when I mean to be particularly happy. We kept thinking of you yesterday evening & hoping your arrival made a great sensation, but I shall hear all about it in a day or two I am happy to think. I had such a charming note from Caroline yesterday & Eliz. & I are going to see her today which I am very impatient to do. My dear Catty I get happier & happier every hour. I long to see my dear Susan. She must come over some day. Would not she come on Saturday & go back with Caroline which wd be an opportunity I should be so glad if she would.
Goodbye my dearest. I am so glad you were hear. I had a very nice little walk to Black Brook. | Yours affectly Em W.
You can keep this to yourself or not as you think best
Tell Charles to be a good boy & do his lessons & take things leisurely, indeed they cant be very fast.
How I do wish he would, & wait till Spring & fine weather! F. A.1 says it is the happiest time of Emma’s life & it is a thousand pities it should be a very short one— Do dear Catty clog the wheels a little
S E W.
Hopes the Darwins in Shrewsbury will help her convince CD that he must not hurry their marriage too greatly. Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood [II] adds a postscript to the same effect.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 434,” accessed on 30 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-434