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Letter 1900

Darwin, C. R. to Lubbock, John

12 [June 1856]

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    Smallpox in the village. Death of Joseph Parslow's son.




Dear Lubbock

Many thanks for your note just received.— Pray do not get an insect-catcher made, for I do not know whether it would answer, & I cd get it made, if I wanted it.— I had one, & my foolish Boys lost it.— But I write now chiefly to say, to prevent you having a journey for nothing, that I shall be out all Saturday, & in next week from Wednesday to Saturday inclusive. After (or before) that time I hope to be at home every day.—

I am very glad that you are well again.— Have you heard that we have Small Pox in the village. We have had a cruel death in the little Boy, after only 18 hours illness, of our servant Parslow.—

Your's most truly | C. Darwin

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    f1 1900.f1
    Dated by the reference to CD's intended trips to London (see n. 3, below).
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    f2 1900.f2
    See letter to John Lubbock, [8 June 1856].
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    f3 1900.f3
    CD went to London and back on 12 June 1856 and again from 18 to 21 June (Emma Darwin's diary).
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    f4 1900.f4
    Joseph Parslow was the Darwins' butler.
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