To J. B. Innes 18 October 1869
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
Octr. 18 | 69
My dear Innes
I was wishing to hear some news of you, & had thought of writing, but I get so many foolish letters from foolish people, that I seldom have the heart to write to my friends.1 There is hardly any news to tell you of your old Parish.— Mr Powell has taken Mr Engleheart’s House & this I am very glad of, as he will now be able to look after the Parish & school, & I daresay he will be active & kind;2 but I rather doubt whether he is above the average in sense.— We suspect on very slight grounds that he is going to be married; for he has given notice to Amy Duberry that a Lady will soon teach in the Sunday School.— Possibly it may be Mrs Lovegrove.—3 I hear of no chance of a parsonage being built; Mr Powell wished to get up a subscription, but I doubt whether he will succeed.— I offered 20 £ which he seemed to think very small, but I shall not increase the amount; for I see no reason that the Parsonage shd cost 16 or 1700 £, as he proposes.4
Mr Engleheart’s lungs (& I fear purse also) failed him; & he is to us a fearful loss as a doctor.
I have neither seen nor heard anything of the Lubbocks for an age—but this is not true for I often hear their Harriers in the morning. Mrs. H. Lubbock finds Gorringes so dull that they intend taking a London House, & coming occasionally to the Farm for the hunting in the winter; & I suspect poor Henry Lubbock is ready to hang himself at the thought of his London life.—5
I have not seen or heard of Mr Huttons remarks on me at the Liverpool congress; & this I regret, for I suppose it is Mr Hutton, editor of the Spectator, who is a very clever man, who feels a deep interest in religion, though he wd be considered by all Churchmen as highly Latitudinarian.—6 The newspapers have lately been abusing, praising & chaffing me at a great rate.—
CD gets so many foolish letters from foolish people he has little heart to write to friends.
Gives Down news.
R. H. Hutton, editor of the Spectator, is a clever man.
CD has been much abused, praised, and chaffed by newspapers lately.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- John Brodie Innes
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- Source of text
- Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)