To Anne Susan Horner [4 October 1842]
Down | Bromley | Kent
My dear Mrs. Horner
I am very much obliged for your letter & most kind congratulations1 from yourself & Mr. Horner & Katharine.2 We are going on very well & Emma is making a quicker recovery, owing I think to country air, than she has ever done before. Our children are very well & Willy approves of “country ouse” very | much.— I think the place will suit us very well & we have found moving so expensive, that I have not ceased to be thankful that we bought a very cheap house.— It is the quietest country, I ever lived in, & I fear must be very dull to all visitors, as it is scarcely possible to take any drives. To the east & west there are impassible valleys, to the south only one very narrow lane, & to the north, through the village, only two other lanes.— For walking the country is very good there being foot-paths in every direction.— My brother, who detests the country, declared we ought to call the place “Down-in-the-Mouth”—but he is now with us & has rather altered his opinion.—
I am exceedingly sorry to hear that Mr. Horner has not made more rapid progress;—with his activity of mind corporeal bondage must be, I am sure, extremely distressing. Pray tell him, that I have received such a letter from Lyell on my Coral Volume (I mention it, as he approved of it) that I have scarcely yet ceased stalking about like a peacock. I do hope by your return Mr. Horner will be sensibly better. His assistance & that of all true friends, will be wanted at the Geolog. Soc. in November.—3
I never saw anything like poor Lonsdale’s deep gratification at the present—4 My paper is full. Emma joins in warmest thanks to you & believe me, Yours truly obliged | C. Darwin
Emma recovering well from birth of third child, Mary Eleanor.
Sorry to hear Leonard Horner has been ill.
Has received high praise of Coral reefs from Lyell.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 648,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-648