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Letter 3601

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

13 [June? 1862]

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    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

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    f1 3601.f1
    The date is established by the reference to Leonard Darwin becoming ill with scarlet fever (see n. 3, below).
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    f2 3601.f2
    According 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.
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    f3 3601.f3
    Twelve-year-old Leonard Darwin attended Clapham Grammar School in south-west London (see letter from Charles Pritchard, 17 June [1862]). Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242) records, on 12 June 1862: `Lenny came home with sc. fever'.
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