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Letter 3051

Darwin, C. R. to Darwin, W. E.

[24 Jan 1861]

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    Writes of Henrietta's illness.



Thursday | 12o oclock

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 Mr Williams who has been just here, considers her better. She eats absolutely nothing.—

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

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    f1 3051.f1
    After having experienced a period of good health (see letters to W. D. Fox, 9 January [1861], and to J. D. Hooker, 15 January [1861]), Henrietta Emma Darwin had again fallen seriously ill.
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    Edward 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.
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    The 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]).
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