Henry Holland sends thanks for Zoonomia.
Sir Henry would not expect podophyllin to be good for CD.
Sir H send's thanks for Zoo: which he has returned. I told him you had been trying Podophyll: & he said he had just had a patient come to him suffering from taking it & that as far as he knew it was nothing but a strong drastic, & if taken with that view he should think not good for you. I dont think I experienced any other effect from it myself
yours aff. | E D
- f1 4489.f1The year is established by the reference to CD's taking the drug podophyllin. He began doing so on 24 March 1864 (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242)).
- f2 4489.f2The reference is to Henry Holland, who had asked to borrow a copy of Erasmus Darwin's Zoonomia (E. Darwin 1794--6). See letter from E. A. Darwin, [15? April 1864]. CD's annotated copy of this work is in the Rare Books Room at CUL (see Marginalia 1: 185--7).
- f3 4489.f3On CD's use of podophyllin, see the letter from E. A. Darwin to Emma Darwin, 30 [March 1864?] and n. 4. See also letter from William Jenner to [William Walmisley Baxter?], [after 7 May 1864?].