From Adam Sedgwick 11 October 1868
Oct 11 | 1868
My dear Darwin
I returned to College (from my Cathedral residence at Norwich) in time to assist at the admission of the new Fellows.1 I shook hands with them in our antechapel, not knowing the name of any one of them; & little suspecting that your son was one of them.2 I heard their names afterwards & greatly rejoiced I was to find that the one who is junior on the list was your living representation, I tried to find him out, but he was gone; as I was told by a gyp.3
Let me send you my warmest congratulations And now I do hope that you will again sometimes come among us— All my old friends are dead, or have left the University— So that here I am living in solitude, for I cannot bear to go out to any parties— Considering my great age—for I am far advanced in the 84th. year—I am in many respects a strong old fellow. Yet my organic machinery is sadly out of tune—4 —E.G. I have in my heart an indurated mitral valve, which makes all climbing impossible. 2. I have an enlarged prostate gland, which makes me unfit for society. (3) I have a stone in my right kidney & 4thly. I am liable to dangerous attacks of giddiness, which sometimes fell me to the ground—as if I were shot thro’ the head— But these maladies (if I may so call them) have not increased during the last two or three years: & after several irritating & alarming struggles I have settled down into a kind new equilibrium among my animal functions— Do come down with a family party & renew your acquaintance with Cambridge, & the few old friends left in it—5 New friends you would find in plenty—
There! I have been slopping my ink so ’tis time for me to conclude. My eyes do not—without a higher power than I am using—allow me to read what I am writing
Again accept my congratulations & believe me while my heart beats & my lungs heave Ever yours in all christian truth and good will | A Sedgwick
Congratulates CD on election of his son [George] as a Fellow of Trinity College.
Describes his ill health.
Invites CD to visit Cambridge.
[Letter dated November in error.]
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6416,” accessed on 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6416