To Patrick Matthew 15 March 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
I thank you for your kind letter. You show no signs of your four score years in your letter or in the newspaper article, which seems written with all your pristine vigour.—2 My health keeps very indifferent & every exertion fatigues me, so that I doubt whether I shall be good for much more. Your parable of the Damascus woman is quite new to me & very striking.3
I sincerely wish you a happy meeting with your son.—4 I have many letters to write, so pray excuse my brevity, & believe me | with respect | yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin
PM’s letter and newspaper article [see 7576] show him to be still vigorous. CD doubts that he himself will be good for much more.