Continues to improve, but water-cure has produced "indolence and stagnation of mind".
The Lodge. | Malvern
My dear Fox
Many thanks for your most friendly note a fortnight ago. I did not write sooner, till I
knew our plans more definitely. D
I am very sorry to hear that you have not been very well this winter. With respect to
myself I believe I am going on very well; but I am rather weary of my present inactive
life & the Water Cure has the most extraordinary effect in producing indolence
& stagnation of mind; till experiencing it, I c
Yours very affectionately | C. Darwin
For auld langsyn I have looked for Beetles on the hills here, but cannot find one.—
- f1 1240.f1By this time, Fox had seven children (Darwin Pedigree).
- f2 1240.f2The charges for James Manby Gully's water cure are given in Wilson and Gully 1845, pp. 29–31. For patients who resided with Gully the fee was from four to five guineas per week, plus a weekly payment of 2s. 6d. to the bath servant; for patients who lived in lodgings the fee was reduced to two to three guineas, plus a weekly payment of 4s. to the bath servant. In either case there was an initial fee of two guineas for a consultation with Dr Gully.
- f3 1240.f3Marianne Wilmot and Eardley Nicholas Wilmot of Malvern, the widow and son of Sir Robert Wilmot who had been the landlord of Osmaston, the home of Fox's parents, Ann and Samuel Fox (see Correpondence vol. 1, letter from W. D. Fox, 1 November 1834). Lady Wilmot resided at Rosebank, Malvern.
- f4 1240.f4Possibly the Athenæum, no. 1116, 17 March 1849, in which Chambers 1848 is favourably reviewed (pp. 275–6); or Athenæum, no. 1117, 24 March 1849, in which there is an account of Edward Forbes's lecture at the Royal Institution on 2 March entitled, ‘Have new species of organized beings appeared since the creation of man?’ (p. 304).
- f5 1240.f5Possibly J. D. Forbes 1849, in which James David Forbes drew an analogy between the flow of mud-slides and the movement of glaciers. The article is dated 2 December 1848 and was published in the January 1849 issue of the Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal.
- f6 1240.f6See Correspondence vol. 1 for CD and Fox's mutual interest in beetle collecting.