To W. D. Fox [23 January 1831]
My dear Fox
I do hope you will excuse my not writing before I took my degree.—1 I felt a quite inexplicable aversion to write to any body.— But now I do most heartily congratulate you upon passing your examination; & hope you find your curacey2 comfortable; if it is my last shilling (I have not many) I will come & pay you a visit.—
I do not know why the degree should make one so miserable, both before & afterwards; I recollect you were sufficiently wretched before, & I can assure I am now; & what makes it the more ridiculous, is I know not what about.— I believe it is a beautiful provision of nature to make one regret the less leaving so pleasant a place as Cambridge.—& amongst all its pleasures, I say it for once & for all, none so great as my friendship with you.—
I sent you a Newspaper yesterday, in which you will see what a good place I have got in the Polls.—3 As for Christ did you ever see such a college for producing Captains & Apostles.—4 There are no men either at Emmanuel or Christ plucked.— Cameron5 is gulfed,6 together with other 3 Trinity scholars!— My plans are not at all settled, I think I shall keep this term, & then go & economize at Shrewsbury, return & take my degree.— A man may be excused, for writing so much about himself, when he has just passed the examination. So you must excuse.— And on the same principle do you write a letter brim-full of yourself & plans.— I want to know something about your examination: tell me about the state of your nerves.—: what books you got up, & how perfect? I take an interest about that sort of thing as the time will come, when I must suffer.— Your tutor Thompson begged to be remembered to you, & so does Whitley.— If you will answer this; I will send as many stupid answers as you can desire.—
Believe me dear Fox | Chas. Darwin.—
Congratulates WDF on passing his examination for the curacy; hopes he will find it comfortable.
CD is pleased at his own good showing.
Asks about WDF’s examination, books, etc.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 89,” accessed on 4 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-89