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".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 726,” accessed on 20 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-726