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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-1900

To John Lubbock   12 [June 1856]1

Down.—

12th

Dear Lubbock

Many thanks for your note just received.— Pray do not get an insect-catcher made, for I do not know whether it would answer, & I cd. get it made, if I wanted it.—2 I had one, & my foolish Boys lost it.— But I write now chiefly to say, to prevent you having a journey for nothing, that I shall be out all Saturday, & in next week from Wednesday to Saturday inclusive.3 After (or before) that time I hope to be at home every day.—

I am very glad that you are well again.— Have you heard that we have Small Pox in the village. We have had a cruel death in the little Boy, after only 18 hours illness, of our servant Parslow.—4

Your’s most truly | C. Darwin

Footnotes

1
Dated by the reference to CD’s intended trips to London (see n. 3, below).
2
See letter to John Lubbock, [8 June 1856].
3
CD went to London and back on 12 June 1856 and again from 18 to 21 June (Emma Darwin’s diary).
4
Joseph Parslow was the Darwins’ butler.

Summary

Smallpox in the village. Death of Joseph Parslow’s son.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1900
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Lubbock, John
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 263: 3 (EH 88206450)
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1900,” accessed on 30 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1900

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