To Mary-Anne Herbert [5 May 1842]
12 Upper Gower St
My dear Mrs Herbert
I am very much obliged to you for so quickly sending me Mr Mears answer— it has destroyed some pleasant castles in airs—but house-hunters are doomed to suffer the greatest misfortunes & ought to be the most patient of men.— It is very obliging of Mr Mears’ being willing to bear my wishes regarding a house in mind.— Should Herbert chance to have any further communication, it would be worth while to inform him, that I consider five miles from a Railway Station as the length of my tether.
With many thanks believe me dear Mrs Herbert | Yours very truly | C. Darwin
My wife left me on Tuesday with children for Staffordshire1 so that in the language of Boz2 I am a widow & an orphan.
Acknowledges Mrs H’s disappointing answer to his quest for a house in the country. Five miles from a railway station is "the length of my tether".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 628,” accessed on 23 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-628