Discusses his account. Mentions health of children.
Down Farnborough Kent
Christmas Day 54/
My dear Sir
I am much obliged for your note & account, & I beg to acknowledge the
I wish all your large Family Party a happy Christmas: as for myself we have had a gloomy for I have had two of my little Boys very ill with Fever & Inflammation, but they are at last, thank God, better.
My dear Sir | Yours very truly | Ch. R. Darwin
John Higgins Esq
- f1 1615.f1The rent of the Beesby farm, Lincolnshire. CD's Investment book (Down House MS) shows an entry of £ 218 11s. 8d. The discrepancy is explained by an entry in CD's Account book (Down House MS) on 24 December recording a payment of 15s. to: ‘M
rHiggins Alford Agricultural Club’.
- f2 1615.f2Francis and Leonard Darwin (see ‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 5, Appendix I). CD's Health diary (Down House MS) recorded from 14 to 29 December: ‘Children Ill.—’. Emma Darwin recorded in her diary that Leonard and Francis came home unwell from Sarah Wedgwood's on 13 and 15 December respectively. On 22 December, she recorded: ‘Franky's fit’.