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middle class. Although he had known Emma all his life she was one year older than he was and the two families were close it all happened rather quickly. He visited Maer Hall the Wedgwood family home upon his return from the voyage in late 1836 and made quite an impression on her. No longer the aimless young man who cared happy and proud of him it is delightful to see her. Emma did not see him much over the next few months because he had to rush around organizing collections manuscripts etc. but they met again at his brothers house in London in early 1837 and it confirmed her earlier impression. Darwin himself had begun only for shooting dogs and rat-catching he was now to be taken more seriouslya young man with stories about far-off places who spoke of new scientific discoveries. Emma wrote to her sister Fanny We enjoyed Charless visit uncommonlywe plied him with questions without any mercy. Harry and Frank made the most of him and enjoyed him thoroughly. Caroline Darwins sister looks so to think about marriage. To decide he made two columns headed Marry and Not Marry and wrote down pluses and minuses in each. If he married he noted he would have less money for booksand be forced to visit relatives. On the other hand he would have a constant companion friend in old age and the charms of music and female chit- chat though he worried about the loss of time. Emma and Charles Darwin. Wedding portraits c1839. 24