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From Thomas Bell   [5 December 1838]

My dear Darwin—

Let me begin by assuring you of my most hearty congratulations and best & kindest wishes— I am rejoiced at your approaching marriage, for I know how happy you must be as a married man, if your wife be as calculated to make you so as you are to confer happiness on her. Depend on it old Lord Bacon was right when he said that Friendship doubleth our joys and cutteth our griefs in halfs,”1 and it is most especially true of that most exalted and refined and perfect friendship which marriage alone can produce & foster— But I am running on without the card— suffice it for me again to assure you of my most sincere good wishes—

The “poor reptiles” shall be thought about— I have received some of them back from Bibron2 named according to his own nomenclature—and I doubt not we shall be able to get some subjects in readiness for figuring by the time you mention—3

Your note arrived in New Broad Street4 just after Dr. Buckland, Sir Philip Egerton & Stokes had left me—& I was chagrined that I could not come to the Society—

Yours most sincerely | Thomas Bell Hornsey

Wednesday eveng

Footnotes

Francis Bacon, Essays, No. 27, ‘Of friendship’: ‘For it redoubleth Joyes, and cutteth Griefes in Halfes’.
Gabriel Bibron.
Bell undertook to prepare Reptiles for the Zoology. The first number, of two, did not appear until August 1842; the second was published in October 1843.
The 1838 Post Office London directory lists Thomas Bell, surgeon dentist, at 17 New Broad Street.

Summary

Sends congratulations on CD’s forthcoming marriage.

Has received some of the reptiles back from G. Bibron, who has named them. TB will get "some subjects in readiness for figuring" by CD’s date.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-452
From
Thomas Bell
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Hornsey
Source of text
DAR 204: 163
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 452,” accessed on 18 July 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-452.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2

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