To J. B. Innes 20 January 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I received your cheque safely yesterday & transmitted cash for it to Mr Horsman.2 As I found it troublesome keeping the money & accounts of the Coal & Friendly Clubs & of the School I handed the accounts of the latter over to Mr Horsman—3
I am much obliged to you for sending me your Sermon together with the account of the decoration of the Church.4 You would have been pleased & wd have admired our church this Christmas as it was ornamented with great taste. We are all pretty well in this house & every thing goes on in the usual jog trot style. The only piece of news that I think of is that Mr Phillips had an apoplectic seizure some weeks ago but is recovering.5 My sister in law Miss Wedgwood is thinking of purchasing Tromer Lodge, but that house nourishes a bad lot & the present owner seems to be both a rogue & a fool & says that his valuer fixed £7000 as the price & he is so moderate as to ask only £5000.6 He added that he had been thinking of making a road with villas each side from his house to the Crystal Palace.7 My second son George has just passed his exam. at Cambridge & we hope in the Times next Sat. to see his name amongst the wranglers.8
Pray give our united very kind remembrances to Mrs Innes9 & believe me dear Innes | yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
Henrietta after reading your letters declares she will attend at the school.10 She has been but poorly for the last few weeks—
CD thanks JBI for contribution to Down school.
George [Darwin] has passed his examination at Cambridge;
Henrietta has been poorly.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5792,” accessed on 9 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5792