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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Catherine Darwin   29 October 1833


October 29th. | 1833.

My dearest Charles,

Your last letter was very interesting, & we were very much pleased to receive it & your Journal. I am very glad of this Parcel, as it gives Caroline an opportunity of sending you some little Books perhaps you will like. I can think of nothing to send you, except a little Chain; wch perhaps may be useful to hang an instrument to; it is with Susan’s purse. Enclosed is another letter from Mrs Williams, which I know you like better than any thing else. What a nice letter your’s was to her; She sent it here for us to read.— All your letters make one very melancholy in one respect, the enormous time that it seems your Voyage will keep you away. The original two years are over now; I wish to Heaven Capt Fitzroy had been strictly limited to time. We are going to read aloud your Journal to Papa—; it will do beautifully for Winter’s Evenings.

I think as yet it has been quite wonderful how regularly our Correspondence has gone on. I do not think there was any April Letter lost; by the order in which we write to you, I think the April letter must have left here the end of March.—1 I have really nothing in the world to tell you—so I must stop— Bless you dear Charley—ever yrs affecte | E. Catherine Darwin


No letter from the family to CD dated in late March or in April has been found.


Finds his journal interesting; they will read it aloud to Papa on winter evenings. They all regret the long time the journey is taking.

Letter details

Letter no.
Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin/Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 204: 89
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 225,” accessed on 16 May 2022,

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