To S. R. S. Norton 23 November 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Mrs. Norton
I am very much obliged for your kind & pleasant letter & for your present of the little book about Goethe.2 It is written by a very good zoologist, & I shall be glad, to look at it, but the German language is a sore grief & trouble to me.—
My sons enjoyed themselves wonderfully in America, & they met with really extraordinary kindness from many persons.—3 When I asked them what on the whole they liked best there, they answered without a moment’s doubt “our stay at the Ashburners4 & the great valleys in California”,—which seems an odd couplet. We heard much of all the fun & laughter they had with your sister & brother; & they heartily congratulated themselves that they had the good fortune to be invited to the house.—5
I am glad to hear you are comfortably settled at Dresden, & as for dullness forgive me for saying that with your party it is not to be believed.—
Pray give my respect & kind remembrances to Mrs. Norton,6 & good wishes to all your party, & I remain | My dear Mrs Norton | Yours sincerely & obliged | Ch Darwin
P.S. My wife has just given me a good scolding, & I always tremble before her just severity, for not having given you her affectionate remembrances.—
Reports how his sons enjoyed their trip to America.
Is glad SRSN is settled in Dresden.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8083,” accessed on 27 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8083