Writing for Mr Corbet, she asks what diet has helped in the treatment of CD's illness.
Linley Wood | N
My dear M
I long to say My dear Charles—but cannot venture upon that liberty with so renowned a man—
Rosamond is at present staying with the Corbets—at the nice place they have
taken near Oxford—& she has just written to ask me
Kindest love to Emma (M
Always believe me to be | very truly yours | Anne Marsh Caldwell
- f1 5286.f1The year is established by the reference to the death of Susan Elizabeth Darwin (see n. 9, below).
- f2 5286.f2The Caldwell family of Linley Wood, Talke, Staffordshire had been neighbours and frequent visitors of Josiah Wedgwood II and his wife, Elizabeth (Wedgwood and Wedgwood 1980, p. 175). Anne lived at Linley Wood until she married in 1817 and resumed residence there with her three unmarried daughters in 1860 (DNB). Emma Darwin referred to the Caldwells as `old friends' (letter from Emma Darwin to G. H. Darwin, [28 November 1881] (DAR 210.3: 32)).
- f3 5286.f3Rosamond Jane Marsh-Caldwell, Anne's daughter, was staying with Richard Corbet and his son Rowland William Corbet at Headington Hill house, Oxford (Post Office directory of Northamptonshire 1869; Alum. Cantab. s.v. Rowland William Corbett).
- f4 5286.f4Richard Corbet had formerly resided at Adderly Hall, Adderly, near Market Drayton in Shropshire (Post Office directory of Gloucestershire, with Bath, Bristol, Herefordshire, and Shropshire 1863). It is likely that he first became acquainted with CD when CD was still living at the family home in Shrewsbury.
- f5 5286.f5For more on CD's health and diet, see the letter to H. B. Jones, 3 January , and letter to W. D. Fox, 24 August .
- f6 5286.f6Eleanor Corbet.
- f7 5286.f7Emma Darwin.
- f8 5286.f8The reference is to Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood.
- f9 5286.f9Susan Elizabeth Darwin died in October 1866.