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Letter 4592

Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D.

[16 Aug 1864]

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    Scott would be very welcome at Down for a short visit.




My dear Hooker

I write now merely to say that if Mr Scott has time to come here for a day I shd very much like to see him. Tell him how to get to Bromley, which is 6 miles from this house. An omnibus to Keston meets many trains which will bring him 23 of the way here & I can easily convey him back. Please explain to Mr Scott how short a time I can talk to any one & I have had an attack of sickness last week—

I shall write soon

Ever yours | C Darwin

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    f1 4592.f1
    The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, [15 August 1864].
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    f2 4592.f2
    CD describes John Scott's visit in his letter to Hooker of [23 August 1864]. It is likely that Scott visited Down on 18 August 1864. CD's Account book--cash account (Down House MS) records a gift of £80 to Scott on that day.
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    f3 4592.f3
    Keston is a village in Kent, two miles north-west of Down.
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    f4 4592.f4
    See letter to J. D. Hooker, [5 August 1864], n. 2.
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    f5 4592.f5
    Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242) records `C. attack of sickness | better in afternoon' on 8 August 1864.
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