Writes of Henrietta's illness.
Thursday | 12
My dear William
The vomiting continued all yesterday till night, when it stopped & has not
returned. But she has taken gigantic dose of Calomel which
has not acted, so we continue uneasy; but M
I hope that your journey was prosperous & that you will, my dearest old fellow, enjoy yourself.— We shall be glad of a note.
Your affect | C. Darwin
- f1 3051.f1After having experienced a period of good health (see letters to W. D. Fox, 9 January , and to J. D. Hooker, 15 January ), Henrietta Emma Darwin had again fallen seriously ill.
- f2 3051.f2Edward Augustus Williams, a surgeon in Bromley, Kent, was the Darwins' local physician. Emma Darwin's diary records that he visited Down House on 2 January and again on 19 January 1861.
- f3 3051.f3The cover of the letter is addressed to William in care of ``Mrs Skipworth, Rothwell House Caistor, Lincolnshire''. William was apparently staying with the family of a friend from Christ's College, Septimus Patrick Skipworth, whom he may have visited the previous summer (see Correspondence vol. 8, letter to W. E. Darwin, [30 July 1860]).