From Emily Catherine Darwin 1 [c. June 1823]2
My dear Bobby,
I am afraid you were very angry at my not writing to you by my Sisters but upon my word I did not open my box and find your very entertaining letter till after they were gone.— I am very much obliged to you for it. The ink is so thick and pen so bad that you must excuse this bad hand—
I am very glad that you will go this tour to Cambridge—it will be so very pleasant for you—
We spent a pleasant day at Parkfields4 the other day—and came back the next day to breakfast— You have no idea how I long to see you again my dear Charles and Laboratory also— I have won 3s==6d at Cards at Parkfields but I lost 2s==6d at Maer— How snug the Laboratory will be in Winter!! How does Mineralogy, Botany, Chemistry and Entmology,5 go on?
Charlotte6 is coming home today though I dislike her in general yet the party is today so dull without Marianne7 and Susan that I shall be very glad to see her again—
I hope you will be able to read this— I have the good news to tell you that Aunt Kitty has very goodnaturedly brought some very pretty Specime〈ns〉 of di〈ffer〉ent Fossils and Spars.8 My 〈s〉pirits are pretty good in spite of the thoughts of the Incantations & Whippings of Mrs Mayer,—9 This Morning I heard that when they were naughty she locked them up with their hands tied behind them. Pleasing Prospects —10
Pray write to me dearest Bobby I shall so like to hear from you.— Of Course you will burn this letter the moment you have read it—and if you show this letter to any body I will never write to you any more— I am very sorry to write you such a short stupid one— We set off at six th〈is〉 evening— yr ever affectionate | E. C. Darwin—
Writes, while visiting the Wedgwoods at Maer and Parkfields, to thank CD for his "entertaining letter".
She misses him and the laboratory.
Asks "how Mineralogy, Botany, Chemistry and Entomology go on".