Although entering the Church had been a vague possibility before the Beagle, it was now out of the question. Charles began to look for a way to set himself up as a gentleman-naturalist. He also started looking for a wife. After some debate, recorded in his notes, he decided that marriage would suit him better than bachelorhood. He chose his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, whom he had seen for so many years on his hunting trips to Maer, proposing to her in November 1838. Emma happily accepted and they were married a few months later, in January 1839. Their first house was nothing spectacular: a small place on Gower St. in Bloomsbury. It was close to the scientific community but also, unfortunately, to the dirt and noise of industrial London.It was at about this time that Charles's health started to fail. Soon after the birth of his
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