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From Caroline Wedgwood   [11 November 1838]


My dearest Charles

I must this vy evn’g give you joy of haing secured the very sweetest most sympatiys of wives—1 you will be as happy as happy can be & I do most heartily rejoice it is all settled— I was quite taken by surprise not thinking the evnt was so near taking place. how vy good of you to sacrifice yourself one of your vy few days by comg over here2 & how I shall like to see you again & I quite envy all at Shrewby having you, though I suppose you will soon be back again at Maer— Jos is as much pleased as I am & bids me tell you so & little thought what an important despatch he was the bearer of— We were talking last night of the chances & probabilities.— my best love to all at home particularly my Father who will be made vy happy by yr news.

Evr yrs affy. dearest Charles | C S W.


Emma Wedgwood accepted CD’s proposal of marriage on 11 November 1838, ‘The day of days!’ (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 2, Appendix II).
Caroline and Josiah Wedgwood III were living in Clayton near Maer (Wedgwood 1980, p. 232).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Wedgwood, Barbara and Wedgwood, Hensleigh. 1980. The Wedgwood circle, 1730–1897: four generations of a family and their friends. London: Studio Vista.


Expresses her pleasure at CD’s engagement.

Letter details

Letter no.
Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin/Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 204: 173
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 431,” accessed on 4 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2