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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood   [24 April 1851]


Dear Fanny.

Will you take Miss Martineau1 to Erasmus’.— I am rather sickish, but yet think I shall do journey well.— Please tell Miss Thorley, I have packed up some books.—

God bless you my very dear Fanny | Yours | C. D.

ask Brodie to look round my Bedroom, & bring my Clothes now at wash

P.S. | I do not think it will be prudent for Brodie to travel on the Friday— she will be ill Think of this.— There must be packing up— once again my dearest Fanny God Bless you & thank you


Possibly Harriet Martineau’s Poor laws and paupers illustrated (1833), reissued early in January 1851, or Henry George Atkinson and Harriet Martineau, Letters on the laws of man’s nature and development, published early in February 1851 (Publishers’ Circular 1851). The latter had been discussed by Fanny Allen in March 1851 (Emma Darwin (1915) 2: 129) and may have been lent to CD by Erasmus Alvey Darwin. CD, however, did not record having completed it until 4 August 1852 (Correspondence, vol. 4, Appendix IV, 128: 3). Harriet Martineau was a close friend of Erasmus Alvey Darwin and Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Emma Darwin (1915): Emma Darwin: a century of family letters, 1792–1896. Edited by Henrietta Litchfield. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1915.


Arrangements for leaving Malvern after death of Anne.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Frances Emma Elizabeth (Fanny) Wedgwood
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Source of text
V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 310)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1413,” accessed on 18 November 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5