From Erasmus Alvey Darwin [14 November 1838]
[43 Great Marlborough Street]
My Dear Charles.
I give you my most hearty & sincere congratulations on your good fortune, & feel very glad in what I am sure will give you so much & such certain happiness.
Not less than to you, do I give my congrats to Emma though in writing to you I ought I suppose to word it somehow differently. It is a marriage which will give almost as much pleasure to the rest of the world as it does to yourselves—the best auspices I should think for any marriage.
I received your letter just as I was going out to drive Martineau about, & lost no time in publishing the fact, & we also took the opportunity to look out for houses. There I do pity you, sneer as you like at poor old Marlborough St
I shall be very glad to see you on Monday & hear it all face to face till when good Bye. Give my best Love to my Father & to Catherine who I hope is well again from her lameness. | Yours affect. | E D.
Sends congratulations on CD’s engagement. "It is a marriage which will give almost as much pleasure to the rest of the world as it does to yourselves."
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 435,” accessed on 20 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-435