To J. M. Herbert [after 5 June 1840]
Maer Hall | Newcastle Stafford
My dear Herbert,
I am so curious to hear a little news of you & your affairs, that I cannot resist begging you to send me a line & tell me, whether the date &c &c of the event, are fixed—1 When I saw you, you could tell me nothing.— Now be a good man & send me a note & just tell me, what has been fixed & that you are very well.—
We shall remain in the country (at Shrewsbury & here) for some weeks longer.— I am getting better, though rather slowly & as I do not yet feel up to work, I dont care how long I stay in the country.2
Do comply with my request my good old Herbert & believe me, with my hearty good wishes & renewed congratulations | your sincere friend, | Charles Darwin
Writes to find whether the date of the event [JMH’s marriage?] has been fixed.
Has been unwell and does not yet feel up to work.