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To Charles Whitley    15 November [1831]

4 Clarence Baths | Devonport

My dear Whitley

I received your letter some days after date; & to my grief, you will see by my direction, it is impossible to pay Cambridge a visit for some years to come.— If I had earlier known how many repriefs I should have had, I certainly would have staid in London & then most assuredly I would have come & seen all the good old civilized Phys:s once again in Cambridge.— Long indeed will it be, before I see such a set, as used to meet at your most classical Sunday evenings.—

My feelings overpower me when I think of the simple, the elegant, Glutton club & that day of victory & triumph & inward-glorying, which some call sublime, but the wise know it to be the full round feeling from a contented dinner.— Oh Lord what a jolly place Cambridge is.— But it is all over, so there is no use thinking about it. But I cannot help it; I suppose jolly old Herbert & F Watkins are up there.— I swear I would go without my dinner to sit by & see you three eat one. As for old Herbert, I will beat him in telling lies when I come back, if I dont may all men cry eternal shame on my soul.— I wish you three men the quickest the largest & the best digestions of any men in the united kingdoms.—

The man has just come for the letters & here I have been writing like a confounded fool.— But when I think of you & some few others, I must do one of two things.— either be bonâ fide melancholy & or talk like a fool.— The first would be ‘too ridiculous’ for after all what is four years, it is long to look forward to, but when once passed what a stage it will make in my life. I have no time for any more, give my very very best wishes to Herbert & Watkins

The scheme is a most magnificent one. We spend about 2 years in S America, the rest of time larking round the world

Remember me to Lowe & all others Especially to old Matthew if you see him.—

If you or any others have time for one line to tell me Cambridge; I shall be grateful for it. I shall be here till end of this month

My dear Whitley.— God bless you | Yours very affecty. | C. Darwin *S 2

Nov. 15th

Where is Cameron


Regrets that it will be impossible to visit Cambridge for some years. Reminisces about CW’s "classical Sunday evenings", the Glutton Club, and his friends.

"We spend about 2 years in S. America, the rest of time larking round the world."

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Thomas Whitley
Sent from
NO 15 1831
Source of text
T. H. W. Bower (private collection)
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 148,” accessed on 7 October 2022,

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