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From James Farley Turner   [28 July 1826]

Park Hall.— [Kidderminster]

Dear Charley

Having an idle hour or two on my hands before we sit down to dinner, I cant do anything that gives me more pleasure than in fulfilling my promise of writing a few lines to you before my departure for Shrewsbury— The Holydays are really come to a very narrow span, & the time will soon be here when I shall come back for the last time but one, wh. I am happy to say is finally fixed; so that one more speeches over & I shall vanish from thence. This hot weather I suppose you like most other people study to keep as quiet as possible. As far as regards myself however, I am obliged now to keep myself so, as last Sunday I fainted in Church, obliged to be carried out directly &tc, wh. soon brought me to my senses, an unpleasant thing I must confess, & by no means wish to experience the same thing again. Watkins wrote to me the other day & told me a good deal of news wh. would be uninteresting to you & therefore shall not relate it: by the way he has seen Hubberstie in Matlock, who is very well after his fatigues in Wales. A Brother of mine & myself do nothing but shoot Rabbits, wh. is no despicable sport in the cool of the Evening: there are abundance, so that we manage to swell out our pockets pretty well. What you do with yourself I cant conceive, unless it be walk up & down that refreshing, cool (& a dozen other epithets) walk with Shee. Have you been at the Woodhouse lately, I think you talked of visiting it soon when I saw you last. I hope you will excuse so short & uninteresting an epistle; but there being nothing in this part of the country that would be interesting to you, in case I was to pen it, you must excuse it. I am not certain yet whether I shall come on Saturday or Sunday, but most probably the former, so that I may have the pleasure of spending some part of the ensuing day with you. The Loxdales did not half like my coming up both evenings when I was staying, at least this is what I have learnt since, much I care about their likings & dislikings!!!—

I conclude with hoping this will reach you & yours safe—& believe me Your sincere Friend | J. F. Turner.


Is coming to Shrewsbury. Finds little to do but hunt rabbits. Has heard from Nathan Hubbersty and Frederick Watkins.

Letter details

Letter no.
James Farley Turner
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Park Hall, [Kidderminster]
Kidderminster JY 28 1826
Source of text
DAR 204: 187
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 33,” accessed on 24 May 2022,

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