Eldest daughter [Henrietta] very ill.
CD enjoys Owen's having had "a good setting down".
The Ridge, Hartfield, | Tonbridge Wells
My dear Falconer
I thank you for your most interesting note. The facts are really grand. We have had a melancholy household for some time; as my eldest girl has been very ill for a long time and we have brought her here for a change. I have been bad enough of late, and have not been in London for an age. Whenever I do come I must pay you a visit and have one of those chats with you, which I so much enjoy. But our plans are all uncertain being dependent on my daughter's health.
I must say I do heartily enjoy Owen having had a good setting down—his arrogance and malignity are too bad.
My good old friend | Yours most truly | C. Darwin
- f1 2865.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter from Hugh Falconer, 9 July .
- f2 2865.f2Letter from Hugh Falconer, 9 July .
- f3 2865.f3The Darwins had taken Henrietta Emma Darwin to convalesce at the home of Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood in Hartfield, Sussex (`Journal'; Appendix II).