Will have to delay starting on the bust of CD.
29, Welbeck Street, | W
I was afraid that on account of a severe cold I caught last Monday upon another just
going away that I should have been too knocked up to begin work next Monday, but today felt so much better that I had had the clay packed and
Railway people sent to to fetch it, when I learned that my young brother had to start
for Monte Video on the 14
Very truly yours | Thos: Woolner
Best thanks for your note anent trains.
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- f1 5707.f1Woolner had been engaged to make a bust of CD, who expected him to start work at Down on Monday 9 December 1867 (letter to J. D. Hooker, 25 November ). See also letter from J. D. Hooker to Emma Darwin, 11 December 1867. On 11 December 1867, Hooker wrote to Woolner inviting him to Kew to recover from influenza (Woolner 1917, pp. 280--1).
- f2 5707.f2The reference is probably to Henry Woolner (see Woolner 1917, p. 70).
- f3 5707.f3CD finally sat for Woolner in November 1868 (Correspondence vol. 16, letter to J. D. Hooker, 26 November ). Woolner finished his marble bust of CD in 1870 (Woolner 1917, p. 340). In June 1869, Woolner completed a medallion of CD, which he sent to William Erasmus Darwin; it was later manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons (Woolner 1917, pp. 283, 340). See also Freeman 1978, pp. 94, 306.
- f4 5707.f4The note has not been found in the Darwin Archive--CUL.
- f5 5707.f5Woolner made the monument `Heavenly welcome' in memory of Mary Ellen Peel and her eldest son; it was erected in Wrexham church in 1867 (Woolner 1917, pp. 242, 339). The enclosure has not been found in the Darwin Archive--CUL, but may have been a collotype of the work (see ibid., facing p. 126).