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Letter 4717F

Darwin, C. R. to Buckland, F. T.

15 December [1864]

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    Would be delighted to see FB for a few minutes but his health is so poor he doubts it would be worth the trouble for FB to visit.

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    Thanks about the otter-hound.


Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec. 15th

My dear Mr Buckland

It would give me very great pleasure to see you here on your return from Galway; but I much fear when you hear what I am bound to say, that it will not be worth your while. We are six miles from Bromley Station. My health is so uncertain that I never know how I shall be & some few days I cannot speak to any one. On my best days I dare not talk for more than 10 or 15 minutes, though I can repeat the dose two or three times. As you are medical I may tell you that I have suffered from almost incessant vomiting for nine months, & that has so weakened my brain, that any excitement brings on whizzing & fainting feelings, when I cannot speak; & much of this makes me for days afterwards very unwell; so I find by experience I must be very cautious.

All I can say is that I shd be delighted to see you for a few minutes, but it would not be worth all the trouble of coming here.

I am so glad & cordially thank you about the otter-hound.—

Believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 4717f.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from F. T. Buckland, 13 December 1864.
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    f2 4717f.f2
    See letter from F. T. Buckland, 13 December 1864 and n. 2.
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    f3 4717f.f3
    See letter to F. T. Buckland, 11 December [1864] and n. 4, and letter from F. T. Buckland, 13 December 1864.
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