On disposition of wild honeycomb gift.
Discounts the difficulty presented by ostrich wings.
1. Carlton Terrace | Southampton
My dear M
You will not be surprised that I have been slow in answering, when I tell you that my poor [boy] became frightfully worse after you were at Down; & that during our journey to Bournemouth he had a slight relapse here & my wife took the Scarlet Fever rather severely. She is over the crisis. I have had a horrid time of it & God only knows when we shall be all safe at home again. Half my Family are at Bournemouth.—
I have given a piece of the comb from Timor to a M
Your remarks on ostriches have interested me, & I have alluded to case in
- f1 3689.f1See letter from A. R. Wallace, 8 August 1862. Wallace's visit to Down House is not recorded in either Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242) or CD's `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix II). However, Wallace later recalled: `Soon after I returned home, in the summer of 1862, Mr. Darwin invited me to come to Down for a night, where I had the great pleasure of seeing him in his quiet home, and in the midst of his family' (Wallace 1905, 2: 1). This visit probably took place in late June or early July 1862: Leonard Darwin became ill with scarlet fever in June (see letter to W. E. Darwin, 13 [June 1862]), and suffered a relapse early in July (see Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242), and letter to W. E. Darwin, 9 July ).
- f2 3689.f2According to Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242), the Darwins travelled to Southampton on 13 August 1862; she recorded that on the same date, she became ill with scarlet fever.
- f3 3689.f3During the latter part of Leonard's illness, the other Darwin children had been sent away with their former nurse, Brodie, who was at Down at the time (Emma Darwin 2: 178; see also letter to W. E. Darwin, 4 [July 1862] and n. 8). The family had planned to be reunited in Southampton, before moving on to Bournemouth for a holiday (see the letter from Emma Darwin to William Erasmus Darwin, [9 August 1862], in DAR 219.1: 61). As a result of Emma Darwin's illness, however, the children were apparently sent on to Bournemouth, and were joined by the rest of the family on 1 September (see `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix II), and Emma Darwin 2: 178).
- f4 3689.f4See letter from T. W. Woodbury, 9 August 1862.
- f5 3689.f5See letter from A. R. Wallace, 8 August 1862. CD's remarks appear in Origin 3d ed., pp. 151--2.
- f6 3689.f6CD refers to John Obadiah Westwood (see letter from A. R. Wallace, 8 August 1862 and n. 4).