Leonard has scarlet fever; CD is sorry WED is unwell.
My dear William
Mamma returned with Horace very brisk yesterday. An hour before she came, Lenny arrived ill in carriage & this morning has decided Scarlet Fever.— So the House is in miserable state; but he is not bad.—
Please return my watch in some little Box, registered, & please return ``Journal of Horticulture''.— I am so very sorry that you yourself are not very well.—
My dear old fellow | C. Darwin
- f1 3601.f1The date is established by the reference to Leonard Darwin becoming ill with scarlet fever (see n. 3, below).
- f2 3601.f2According to Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242), she and Horace Darwin visited Southampton, where William lived, from 3 to 12 June 1862. Horace had been ill earlier in the year.
- f3 3601.f3Twelve-year-old Leonard Darwin attended Clapham Grammar School in south-west London (see letter from Charles Pritchard, 17 June ). Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242) records, on 12 June 1862: `Lenny came home with sc. fever'.