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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Josiah Wedgwood II   [5 October 1836]


My dear Uncle

The Beagle arrived at Falmouth on Sunday evening, & I reached home late last night. My head is quite confused with so much delight, but I cannot allow my sisters to tell you first, how happy I am to see all my dear friends again. I am obliged to return in three or four days to London, where the Beagle will be paid off, & then I shall pay Shrewsbury a longer visit. I am most anxious once again to see Maer, & all its inhabitants, so that in the course of two or three weeks, I hope in person to thank you, as being my first Lord of the Admiralty. I am so very happy I hardly know what I am writing.

Believe me, Your most affectionate nephew | Chas. Darwin

Remember me most kindly to Aunt Bessy & all at dear Maer.—


Happily home, he sends thanks to his "first Lord of the Admiralty". Will visit Maer in two or three weeks.

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Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Josiah Wedgwood, II
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DAR 185
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 307,” accessed on 24 October 2021,

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