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Letter 2959

Darwin, C. R. to Oliver, Daniel

23 [Oct 1860]

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    Compliments DO on his wealth of information.

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    Henrietta's relapse.

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    Thanks for extract on Drosera.


15 Marine Parade | Eastbourne


My dear Mr Oliver.

What wealth of knowledge you have!—   But I have hardly read the extract about Drosera; as we are in much distress, my poor eldest daughter has had a relapse. We cannot return on 26th to Down.— Excuse me at present | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

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    f1 2959.f1
    Dated by the reference to Henrietta Emma Darwin's relapse (see n. 3, below).
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    f2 2959.f2
    See preceding letter.
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    f3 2959.f3
    From entries in Emma Darwin's diary, it appears that Henrietta Emma Darwin became ill with a stomach complaint late on Sunday night, 21 October 1860, and experienced intermittent attacks of vomiting for over a week.
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