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Darwin Correspondence Project

From E. A. Darwin   [June 1825]1


Dear Bobby,

You really are a beautiful correspondent. As to the tackle you are quite welcome to have it all except the line whose beauties you don’t appear to appreciate properly.

Are you making any plans with regard to Edinbororough? any nice little stony excursions? We’ll have rare fun in plannning if we dont have any in performing them. I’ve made five hundred already for my share. How shall you fancy going there by sea? it is 14 hour’s passage from Liverpool to Glasgow. We can stay a day or two at ye Ile of Man if either of us feel inclined to give up the ghost, which wont be very unlikely I think. I shall be down in about 3 weeks & then Gracious Heavens! how you will chatter but.

Tell Susan that I dont know whether she corresponds with Edward Holland,2 but that he is the only channel thro’ which I hear of her. How came Susan to come away before min’ aunt?3 Did she quarrel with Jessy4 or was it because Tom5 had the rheumatism in his jaws. The Hollands are all here with whom I am now going to dine & must therefore conclude.

My Love ad omnes, & I hope the Dr is better | Yours truly, E. D.



The letter is dated from the reference to Erasmus’s coming down in about three weeks. The 1825 Easter Term ended 6 July.
A second cousin, Edward Holland, was at the time an undergraduate at Trinity College.
Louisa Jane (Jane) Wedgwood.
Thomas Josiah Wedgwood, Jessie’s brother.


Asks CD whether he is making any plans for Edinburgh.

Will be home in three weeks.

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 204: 13
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 15,” accessed on 17 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 1