From William Darwin Fox 6 January 1
Delamere Ry | Northwich
My dear Darwin
I must write you a few lines to thank you much for your sending me your paper upon the 3 forms of Lythrum Salicaria.2 I have read it with very great pleasure, and shall look at my Garden Variety of it with much more interest than I ever did before, next year.
I forget whether I have told you that my wife brought me a very fine little Boy three weeks since to day.3
Most of our friends condole with us on the affliction but we are well contented to bear it. We have not one too many in our 16.4 14 are now at home—but we shall soon lose my eldest Boy who has taken his degree at Oxford, & will be ordained in March.5
I have now 5 Grandchildren also.
But I will not bother you with more reading. May every blessing be yours and Mrs Darwins in this new year | I am Your affece Cousin | W. D Fox
Thanks CD for his Lythrum paper [Collected papers 2: 106–31].
Tells of the birth of his 16th child. Has five grandchildren.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4741,” accessed on 25 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4741