After all, CD is now beginning to prepare an abstract of his species theory. Recounts the events leading to joint paper with A. R. Wallace at Linnean Society. Lyell and Hooker urge strongly that he publish a fuller abstract. It is impossible to do justice to subject in an abstract.
His sister, Marianne Parker, has died.
King's Head Hotel | Sandown | I. of W.
My dear Fox
As you said you would like to hear how we were going on, I write to say thatwe are all very fairly well, & after some house-hunting are settled here till next Tuesday when we go to Norfolk House Shanklin, where there is a single row of Houses on the Beach. This place has evidently sprung up like a mushroom; & there are three hotels & many villas. Years ago you took me across the isl
We have just heard of my sisters Marianne Parker's death,—a blessed relief after long continued & latterly very severe suffering. She was an admirable woman, & I thank God is at rest. We are all here, but my eldest son starts in a week's time abroad, for a little tour before going to old Christ College.—
After all, I am now beginning to prepare an abstract of my Species Theory. By an odd coincidence, M
There has been another child die in village of Down; which makes the fifth; so we rejoice we acted on your advice & left home.— We shall stay here to middle of August.—
With very sincere thanks for all your most kind sympathy. | My dear Fox | Yours most truly | C. Darwin
- f1 2312.f1According to the Post Office directory of Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Dorsetshire 1859:
Sandown, a few years ago, was nothing more than a small village; however, the beauty of its site and its enchanting prospects attracted the notice of the speculator and builder; in consequence, its entire scene is as it were completely changed, and instead of the fisherman's hut and peasant's cot, numerous tasteful villas and mansions greet the eye in every direction.
- f2 2312.f2CD's eldest sister, Marianne Parker, died on 18 July 1858. She was 60 years old.
- f3 2312.f3CD and Fox had been fellow undergraduates at Christ's College, Cambridge (Correspondence vol. 1). William Erasmus Darwin was due to begin his studies at Christ's College in October 1858.
- f4 2312.f4CD had feared that the scandalous nature of the charges made against Edward Wickstead Lane would damage the reputation of his hydropathic establishment at Moor Park. See letter to W. D. Fox, 24 June .