To W. D. Fox 16 July 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Fox
I am very sorry to hear that your lungs have been a little affected.2 It is indeed a long time since we have met, & I much wish you could have paid us a visit; though, as I grow older I am able to talk with anyone or stand any excitement less & less. It is very odd, for I can work slowly for 3 or 4 hours daily, if nothing disturbs me.— I am now correcting proofs of a small book on the Expression of the Emotions in Man & animals.—
My wife is fairly well; but I cannot say much for my children; two of my sons being now in Germany for health sake.3 Henrietta has no child, & I hope never may; for she is extremely delicate.4 Erasmus is moderately well, & so is Caroline.5 Here is a full bulletin of health!
Many thanks for your kind invitation; but I never feel up to visit anywhere. A Cambridge man, a friend of one of my boys, was visiting here lately, & he is, an ardent collector of Beetles; & old days with you were so vividly recalled by hearing about Panagæus! I wonder whether Albert Way is alive.—6
Farewell my dear old Friend | Yours most sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Pray give my & Mrs. Darwin’s very kind remembrances to Mrs. Fox.—7
Is correcting proofs for Expression.