To H. E. Litchfield [after 5] November 18711
My dearest Etty—
We were all so rejoiced yesterday, & what a very good girl you are to write us so long a letter— I did not expect that you would have been able to go. We have been all profoundly interested & touched by your account.— Pray tell Litchfield how much I have been pleased & more than pleased by what he said about me.2 When the address & your letter had been read, the first thought which passed through my mind was “What a grand career he has run,”— but I hope his career is very far from finished.—3 I congratulate you with all my heart at having so noble a husband. What an admirable address, & how well-written. Even You, Miss Rhadamanthus4 could not have improved a word. It is as superior to all ordinary addresses, as some of the old Buccaneer voyages are to modern travels.—
Goodbye, Dearest. Keep quiet. Goodbye. | Your affect. | C. Darwin
CD is "more than pleased" by what R. B. Litchfield said of him. Congratulates HEL on having "so noble a husband".
All were "profoundly" interested by HEL’s account [of their welcome at the Working Men’s College].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8040,” accessed on 29 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8040