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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Dear Friend1   4 January 1822

My Dear friend,

You must known that I am very sorry about shakespeare when Maryane, told me to put it up,2 and I like Mariane excessively, she is so very good to Miss Jone,3 I will tell you a little accident that happened to me   of course you know Miss Jones is in bed, and when I went there with Mariane last night, while she stoopped there I went in town and bought the cakes, and I came back sooner than Mariane was ready, and that foolish old man shoed in the bedroom   then there was a bit of Kick-hoop, not that I went quite in, oh no, quite the reverse

Your affectionate

Justice brust with a nose as big as your fist

PS I hope you were not much alarmed at Miss Clare4 accident

January 4, 1822


The friend has not been identified. See this volume, Supplement, letter to Dear Friend, 1 January 1822, n. 1.
CD refers to his sister Marianne Darwin.
Possibly Martha Jones, a housemaid, who appears in Robert Waring Darwin’s accounts as receiving money between 1817 and 1822 (DAR 227.5: 82, f. 51 and contents page). The local poor and sick whom Erasmus Alvey Darwin visited in 1826 included Mrs O. Jones (Correspondence vol. 1, letter from Susan Darwin, [27 March 1826]).
Possibly Clare Leighton, a friend of the family (see Correspondence vol. 1, letter from Caroline and Susan Darwin, 2 [January 1826], and letter from Catherine Darwin, 15 January [1826]).


Likes Mariane who is very good to Miss Jones; CD bought cakes in town while Mariane visited Miss Jones; he was embarrassed to be shown into her bedroom when he returned. Miss Clare has had an accident.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Dear Friend
Source of text
DAR 271/1/1
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1J,” accessed on 31 March 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)