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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. D. Fox   [27? November 1830]


My dear Fox

After a good deal of hunting they found at Prof. Henslows house a box containing the various articles you mention, & if they will all go in, I will send them off to day. Your prints must be kept till some other time, also the beetle stick.—

Our accounts stand thus, &c &c left unpaid at Henslows } 14 . 6

including Lens } Brett. case & packing up 13 . 6 Mrs Field 2 ‘ 3 . 6


£3 ’ 11 . 6


5 Balance, on my side, £1 ‘ 8 ’ 6

I am reading very hard, & have spirits for nothing. I actually have not stuck a beetle all this term.— Young Hey does go to Henslow evening parties.—

I am very glad to hear that there is some chance of your coming up to Cambridge.— I shall be delighted to see you, but I hope it will be after examination is over, as I am far too much plagued to enjoy any thing at present.— I trust after your numerous delays that you really will be in orders by xst.mas, & that I shall really pay you a visit in the Spring.—

I have nothing more to write about. You must put down my short letters to the right account.—stupidity | & believe me, My dear Fox | Yours most truly | C. Darwin

You have no occasion to make speeches about giving me trouble I shall be most ready at all times to do anything I can, for you.


CD reading very hard for his examination.

Too busy for beetles.

Trusts WDF will be in orders by Christmas.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Darwin Fox
Sent from
Source of text
Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 35)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 88,” accessed on 18 May 2022,

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