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From Sarah Elizabeth (Sarah) Wedgwood   23 December [1836]

Camp Hill near Woore | Stafford

Decr. 23d.

My dear Charles

As I like to take time by the forelock I have during your absence been presenting my wedding gifts to my nieces & nephews without too curiously inquiring whether they were ready for the same, I wish now to close my account by begging you will do me the kindness to accept the 40 pounds enclosed & to consider it as a wedding offering.

I was sorry to hear that you were very unwell after you left Maer, I hope you are well again and stronger than you were. Caroline rather puzzled me by saying that you have taken a lecture room at Cambridge, but I suppose you mean to employ it not exactly in its own line.

All our people hereabouts are pretty well, the Seabridgians1 are spending a week at Maer: they expect Susan next week at Seabridge. I was surprised to see Miss Martineaus book advertised,2 I think that must be a sign of its coming out in less than a year.

Good bye my dear Charles | ever yours affectionately. | S Wedgwood


Harry and Jessie Wedgwood.
Probably a reference to Martineau 1837.


Martineau, Harriet. 1837. Society in America. 3 vols. London.


Has been presenting wedding gifts to her nieces and nephews during CD’s absence, without asking whether they are ready for them, so she sends him £40.

Caroline says CD has taken a lecture room for his work at Cambridge.

Letter details

Letter no.
Sarah Elizabeth (Sarah) Wedgwood
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Camp Hill
Source of text
DAR 204: 149
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 333,” accessed on 28 November 2021,

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