To W. D. Fox [8 September 1830]
My dear Fox
I cannot help writing a few lines to say how very sorry I am to hear such bad news about Mrs. Fox, & to beg of you to write to me very soon to me again to say how she is going on.— And I most sincerely hope to receive a favourable account.— I return to Shrewsbury on Friday: soon after which I shall expect a letter.—
I have had very bad shooting this season, the first day I killed 10 brace, since which I have not on any day bagged three.— But I find Maer just as delightful as ever & Charlotte just as agreeable as ever: id est, as agreeable as possible.— I have done a good deal in Entomology, & to day have worked so hard, that I can hardly see to write.—
I am very much obliged for the tin Box. The Enicoceri are invaluable.— But beetles, partridges & every thing else, are as nothing to me, now that I have got a horse.— I am positively in love with him, stands 16 hands & one inch, and I think will make a very good hunter.—
But now I have got on the subject of horses I had better wish you good night.— I shall be very anxious for a letter so I hope you will not disappoint me I sent your letter on to home, & they therefore will be equally anxious to hear.
Good night dear old Fox | Yours Most Sincerely | C. D.—
I am quite knocked up
Very sorry to hear bad news of Mrs Fox.
Shooting not good, but has done some entomology.
Has enjoyed Maer.
Has a horse which he thinks will make a very good hunter.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 84,” accessed on 1 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-84