Has had his portrait taken;
is anxious about scarlet fever among his children.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Henslow
I write you one line to thank you much for informing me of the Subscription of which I
had not heard. I sh
My portrait has been taken; I do not know when I shall have any copies, but when I do, you must let me give you one— I can leave it at any place in London.— But there is plenty of time yet.—
We have scarlet fever amongst our children & are anxious.
Yours Ever | C. Darwin
- f1 1272.f1The reference to scarlet fever among the children makes 1849 the probable year (see n. 4, below).
- f2 1272.f2In CD's Account Book (Down House MS) there is an entry on 8 January 1850: ‘Subscription. per. L. Reeve for Portrait of G. Ransome’ for a sum of 10s. 6d.
- f3 1272.f3This probably refers to the lithograph portrait by Thomas Herbert Maguire for the Ipswich Museum portraits commissioned by George Ransome.
- f4 1272.f4The Darwin family Bible at Down House, which lists many of the illnesses in the family, records that Anne, Henrietta, and Elizabeth had scarlet fever in 1849. Emma Darwin noted in her diary that on 12 November 1849, ‘Annie began scarlet fever’ and on 19 November ‘Etty & Bessy began with scarlet fever’.