CD too ill to write.
He thanks Appleton for most beautiful work of natural history he has ever seen.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Mr Appleton
It was very pleasant to find ourselves so kindly remembered by you at such a distance of time & Mr Darwin begs me to thank you most cordially for the beautiful book— (He has not at all lost his taste for maple sugar any more than the children have). I am writing for him as he is very unwell at present but he begs me to say that the book is one of the most beautiful specimens of works of Nat. History he has ever seen.
I wish we could have had the pleasure of seeing your brother here but Mr Darwin has been too unwell to see any visitors.
We shall rejoice at the termination of the war & if we cannot hope to see
Slavery abolished I think it must at all events be prevented from Spreading. If you
very truly yours | E. Darwin
- f1 3626.f1The year is established by the reference to William Sumner Appleton's visit to Britain (see n. 4, below).
- f2 3626.f2The book referred to has not been identified. Appleton visited Down House in October 1849 in company with his sister, Mary, the wife of Emma Darwin's cousin, Robert Mackintosh (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242)).
- f3 3626.f3Appleton had sent a gift of maple sugar to the Darwin family (see letter from T. G. Appleton, 24 April ).
- f4 3626.f4Appleton's half-brother, William Sumner Appleton, spent the summer of 1862 in Britain pursuing antiquarian and historical interests (see letter from T. G. Appleton, 24 April ).
- f5 3626.f5See n. 2, above.