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DCP-LETT-463

To Emma Wedgwood   [29 December 1838]

[36 Great Marlborough Street]

Saturday Afternoon

My dear Emma

I am tired with having been all day at Business work,—but I cannot let a post go by, without writing to tell you Gower St is ours, yellow curtains & all.—1 I have to day paid some advance money, signed an agreement & had the Key given over to me & the old woman informed I was her master henceforth. The minute I put the whole affair into the Solicitors hands, he arranged all the difficulties, about Colonel Irvine’s absence & made the Agent come to terms directly.— I am delighted with the house, the more I see of it; I have just been going over all the furniture with the inventory.— We shall not have much to buy,—even the crockery & glasses are very perfect.—

I am also delighted to say that the Solicitor, (having some minutes to spare) looked at the furniture of the rooms & he said he had just been furnishing his own house with care & knew the prices of things, & he maintains the furniture is cheap at 550£ & the rent extraordinarily low— He examined all the tables & chairs & said they are made of excellent wood & must have cost a great deal of money.— In fact I am convinced we have been most fort〈unat〉e & I am in great triump at having come to so good an end.— Mr Stewart, (my present landlord) says he will let me off part of the hire of my lodgings, if I choose to move soon, & as I want a little diversion of body & mind, I think, it very likely I shall begin moving all my sundry rattle -traps on Monday.—

I long for the day when we shall enter the house together; how glorious it will be to see you seated by the fire of our own house— Oh that it were the 14th instead of the 24th 2

Goodbye, my own dear Emma | Most affectionately yours.— Chas. Darwin

The Cook from Shrewsbury is a failure as she cannot cook, & has a drunken husband. I am fearful of getting a converted Jewess from Miss Farrer; but we will hope for the best— I am going to have an interview with Margaret tomorrow to see how her health is, I wish the other maid from Cambridgeshire was arrived to institute a comparison about their merits.—

I was thinking of calling on Miss Martineau to enquire whether she knew anything of a Cook.—

I find I must wait in town till the latter end of next week, on account of the lease & paying the money.—& I suspect I must attend the Geolog Soc on the 9th so my plans are hampered— But what does anything signify to the possessor of Macaw Cottage?3

Footnotes

1
For a description of Gower Street and its environs at the time, see Freeman 1982.
2
From the letter from Emma Wedgwood, [7 January 1839], it is clear that the marriage of CD and Emma was originally to take place on 24 January, but the date was changed to 29 January.
3
Macaw Cottage—so called because of the gaudy colours of the walls and furniture (Emma Darwin 2: 18). The house was badly damaged by bombs during a World War II air raid. The site is now occupied by a part of the University of London.

Summary

The house at 12 Upper Gower Street is theirs.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-463
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Darwin, Emma
Sent from
London, Gt Marlborough St, 36
Source of text
DAR 210.8: 8
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 463,” accessed on 28 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-463

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