To Emma Darwin [25 June 1846]1
My dear wife
Today has been stormy & gloomy, but rather pleasant in the intervals, only I have been stomachy & sick again, but not very uncomfortable; I will take blue-pill again. A proof has come from the Printers & saying the Compositor is in want of M.S. which he cannot have & I am tired & overdone2 I am ungracious old dog to howl, for I have been sitting in summer-house, whilst watching the thunder-storms, & thinking what a fortunate man I am, so well off in worldly circumstances, with such dear little children, & such a Trotty,3 & far more than all with such a wife. Often have I thought over Elizabeths words, when I married you, that she had never heard a word pass your lips, which she had rather not have been uttered, and sure am I that I can now say so & shall say so on my death-bed,—bless you my dear wife.—4
Your very long letter of Monday has delighted me, with all the particulars about the children—how happy they seem: I will forward it to Caroline, though twice it has “my dearest N.”.—5 Trotty is quite charming, though I am vexed how little I am able to stand her: somehow I have been extra bothered & busy; this morning I sent off five letters.—
Lady L.6 has asked me to meet on Saturday the old Griffin & the Browns, & I have accepted it doubtfully, though I do not think I shall have the heart to go.—
Remember I go to London on Monday— You do not say how Jane is.—
Trotty has just said “that rascal has not gone into Garden”—so I asked whom do you mean? “Georgy, cause he ps so”
Your affect. | C. D.
CD has been stomachy and sick, but not very uncomfortable.
Working on proofs [of South America] and cannot keep printer supplied with manuscript.
His thoughts of her, and news of the children who are at Down with him.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 981,” accessed on 22 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-981