To W. D. Fox 18 February 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Fox
I was very glad to receive your letter with some news of yourself.2 We hope (but it is not quite certain) to be at 6. Q. Anne St on March 4th & stay a week there, & I shall be very glad to see you there once again.—3 But if not, or indeed in any case, will you not come down here & pay us a visit?— We shall all be heartily glad to see you.— From what I remember of Sandown, I can quite believe it the “temple of the winds”. This horrid cold has made me miserable: nothing will keep me decently warm. I have resumed my rides, & am able to do a good deal of writing every day, but I never pass 6 hours without a fit of extreme discomfort, & so I shall go on to the last of my uncomfortable days. Yet with all my discomfort I am very happy, thanks to my dear wife & good children.
They are all pretty well, but George4 is not strong, & I greatly fear he will find the Bar too severe work. I regret this much for he is such an indomitable worker & has so clear a head that I think he wd be very successful. He dined lately at Mr Bristowe’s,5 who has been very kind to him & advised him.— I hope you will get to know William at Southampton, who flourishes in his business & has got a little House at Basset near the common.—6 Frank, (nor 3) is going to be educated as a Doctor, & is going next year to try for Honours in the Science tripos.7 Leonard is head man, ie, Divisional officer, at Woolwich, & will be sure of his commission as Engineer this time next year.—8 Horace is rather an invalid, at a tutor in Suffolk & has great mathematical aptitude, but is I fear too weak to do much9 Henrietta is staying in S. of France, partly for health & partly for pleasure, & Bessy alone is at home—10
By Heavens I have told you enough about us all! One of Caroline’s daughters is married to a clergyman, son of Judge Williams.11
I hope we shall meet. Farewell my dear old friend. | Yours affectionately | Ch. Darwin
Invites WDF to visit.
Describes activities of his children.