The crisis is abating – no further scarlet fever in the family.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Fox
I write one line to thank you for your second most kind letter. All is going on well. The nurse has had it pretty severely, but the crisis is over. No one else has taken it & I hope now will not, but we had a fear about our Governess, but she is out of House, & we are getting less frightened & in every way, more composed, I have been much knocked up & so has my poor dear wife but we are now much better.
Etty is too weak to move yet: she has not even put on her clothes, but our
My dear Fox, with cordial thanks for all your affection. Ever yours | C. Darwin
- f1 2304.f1Dated by the reference to illness in the house (see letter to W. D. Fox, 2 July ) and by the broad mourning border on the letter. Charles Waring Darwin had died on 28 June 1858.
- f2 2304.f2Emma Darwin's diary records that on 4 July 1858 ‘Miss Pugh went’. Miss Pugh had been engaged as governess to the Darwin children in April 1857.
- f3 2304.f3CD and Emma Darwin took Henrietta Emma Darwin to Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood's house in Hartfield on 9 July 1858 and left for the Isle of Wight on 16 July (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
- f4 2304.f4Fox had spent several recuperative holidays on the Isle of Wight (Correspondence vols. 1 and 2).