From W. D. Fox 19 December 
Delamere Ry | Northwich
My dear Darwin
I am got back from Malvern very much better for Dr Gully. I sadly miss the Douche here & wish I had yours. My substitutes are 3 pails of water thrown over me on rising before a shallow—& 6 minutes water poured down spine at Noon—but they do not fill the place of the Douche. It certainly is a wonderful system, & the class of Incurables getting well there is quite a study. All the Drs are making fortunes. I think there are eight there now, who have plenty to do with Gullys leavings.
I have today received the enclosed letter in answer to my 〈 〉
〈 〉 “Peas are grown extensively by the Messrs Sharp (Sleaford) and as they are considered liable to Mésalliances considerable precautions are employed to secure separation”
I noted this, the week after you had made enquiries about Leguminous Plants hybridising. As “in the multitude of Counsellors is wisdom” I will add my experience upon the same plant, Pease. I have grown “The Queen Pea”—a great favourite with us some ten years past, with many other sorts in Garden by them, & never find the seed deteriorate in the least, & I do not therefore believe Messrs. Sharp.
Informs CD that in his experience with peas he has never found the seed to deteriorate.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11799,” accessed on 28 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-11799