To Emma Darwin [3 June 1844]1
My dear Em.
Thank goodness this is my last note & that in two more days, you will be here—
The horse cannot go for you, so Parslow2 will go up & meet you at the Train, take you 163 & afterwards by past 3 to the Bolt-in-tun. You will come quicker this way, than by the Phaeton; I endeavoured to get the Coach call at 16, but they cd not under some penalty— It is rather extravagant sending up Parslow, as John4 might have done, but I thought you wd like it best.— Marianne must walk from the Station to 16, & I fear one Coach will not hold you to the Bolt-in-Tun.—
You had better lie down & rest at 16 & be a good girl.— I do hope you will stand the Journey well.—
I have been wonderfully strong; on Saturday I sat up reading till before eleven, not dreaming it was so late & then went to bed & never awakened till I was called.—a thing which I can hardly remember having happened to me.— I long for you to be back—for I do so enjoy being at home again. Try & remember, just before you drive in at our gate, to rise from your seat & look over the wall, & see how nice the place looks.
Farewell, my dearest. | Yours, C. D.
I can fancy poor Annies scarlet face at Minnys kisses,5 poor dear Boddy Bumpkins.—
Arrangements for Emma’s return to Down.
CD has been "wonderfully strong".