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Letter 5290

Darwin, C. R. to Marsh-Caldwell, Anne

1 Dec [1866]

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    Mentions visit to E. A. Darwin.

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    Encloses note for Mr Corbet.

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Down Bromley Kent

Dec 1st

My dear Mrs Marsh Caldwell

Your very kind note has pleased me much. I shd. have answered it sooner, but there has been some delay, owing to our return yesterday from London, where we have been staying with Erasmus, who is only very moderately well.

I am ashamed to say that I forgot the Christian name of Mr Corbet; nor do I know his address; so will you be so kind as to direct the enclosed note for him.

I have given him all the information which I could, but it is worse than useless to try by mere chance experiments in diet.—

Emma has brought back a cold from London & is in bed, other wise she would have written & sent a note better worth receiving than this.

Pray believe me, my dear Mrs. Marsh Caldwell | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 5290.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Anne Marsh-Caldwell, 27 November [1866].
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    f2 5290.f2
    See letter from Anne Marsh-Caldwell, 27 November [1866]. According to Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242), CD returned from London on 29 November 1866 and Emma herself returned the next day. Erasmus Alvey Darwin, CD's brother, lived at 6 Queen Anne Street, London (Post Office London directory 1866).
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    f3 5290.f3
    The reference is to Richard Corbet (see letter from Anne Marsh-Caldwell, 27 November [1866] and nn. 3 and 4).
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    f4 5290.f4
    The enclosure has not been found.
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    f5 5290.f5
    On Corbet's interest in CD's diet, see the letter from Anne Marsh-Caldwell, 27 November [1866].
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