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To Hugh Falconer   12 July [1860]1

The Ridge, Hartfield, | Tonbridge Wells

July 12th

My dear Falconer

I thank you for your most interesting note.2 The facts are really grand. We have had a melancholy household for some time; as my eldest girl has been very ill for a long time and we have brought her here for a change.3 I have been bad enough of late, and have not been in London for an age. Whenever I do come I must pay you a visit and have one of those chats with you, which I so much enjoy. But our plans are all uncertain being dependent on my daughter’s health.

I must say I do heartily enjoy Owen having had a good setting down—his arrogance and malignity are too bad.

My good old friend | Yours most truly | C. Darwin


Dated by the relationship to the letter from Hugh Falconer, 9 July [1860].
Letter from Hugh Falconer, 9 July [1860].
The Darwins had taken Henrietta Emma Darwin to convalesce at the home of Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood in Hartfield, Sussex (‘Journal’; Appendix II).

Letter details

Letter no.
Darwin, C. R.
Falconer, Hugh
Sent from
Wedgwood, S. E. (b) Hartfield
Source of text
DAR 144
Physical description


Eldest daughter [Henrietta] very ill.

CD enjoys Owen’s having had "a good setting down".

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2865,” accessed on 30 May 2016,