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Letter 4368

Jenner, William to Darwin, Emma

[17 Mar 1864]

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    Proposes to examine CD at Down.


8 Harley St. W.

Thursday Eveng

Dear Madam

I am sorry not to have a better account of Mr Darwin— As I have a country appointment for Saturday afternoon I will if you please see Mr Darwin on Sunday— I propose to leave Vic: Station by the 4.10 train which is due at Bromley 4.49   If this arrangement does not suit you please to let me know— if I do not hear to the Contrary I shall come down by the train I have mentioned

Yours very truly | Wm. Jenner.

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    f1 4368.f1
    The date is based on a record in Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242) of a visit by Jenner on Sunday 20 March. CD's Account book--cash account (Down House MS) records a payment of £10 10s. to Jenner on the same day. The Thursday before 20 March 1864 was 17 March.
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    f2 4368.f2
    No letter from Emma Darwin to Jenner on this subject has been found, but the Darwins themselves may not have corresponded with Jenner; in a letter to William Erasmus Darwin that was probably written in February 1864 (DAR 210.6: 115), Henrietta Emma Darwin wrote that her parents were `rather in a peck of troubles about which Dr. to have', adding that James Manby Gully, who had treated CD at his hydropathic establishment in Worcestershire (see Correspondence vols. 4--7, 11), had contacted Jenner. In addition, Emma Darwin mentioned in a letter to William Erasmus Darwin, written in February 1864, that the local surgeon, Stephen Paul Engleheart, had gone to London that day to consult with Jenner on CD's behalf; she wrote that they did not `expect any positive good from him' but that it was `satisfactory to leave no stone unturned' (DAR 219.1: 79).
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    f3 4368.f3
    See n. 1, above.
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    f4 4368.f4
    Jenner refers to Victoria Station in London. No message from the Darwins to Jenner regarding his travel arrangements has been found.
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