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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-3051

To William Erasmus Darwin   [24 January 1861]

Down

Thursday | 12o oclock

My dear William

The vomiting continued all yesterday till night, when it stopped & has not returned.1 But she has taken gigantic dose of Calomel which has not acted, so we continue uneasy; but Mr Williams who has been just here, considers her better.2 She eats absolutely nothing.—

I hope that your journey was prosperous & that you will, my dearest old fellow, enjoy yourself.—3 We shall be glad of a note.

Your affect | C. Darwin

Footnotes

1
After having experienced a period of good health (see letters to W. D. Fox, 9 January [1861], and to J. D. Hooker, 15 January [1861]), Henrietta Emma Darwin had again fallen seriously ill.
2
Edward Augustus Williams, a surgeon in Bromley, Kent, was the Darwins’ local physician. Emma Darwin’s diary records that he visited Down House on 2 January and again on 19 January 1861.
3
The cover of the letter is addressed to William in care of “Mrs Skipworth, Rothwell House Caistor, Lincolnshire”. William was apparently staying with the family of a friend from Christ’s College, Septimus Patrick Skipworth, whom he may have visited the previous summer (see Correspondence vol. 8, letter to W. E. Darwin, [30 July 1860]).

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-3051
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Darwin, W. E.
Sent from
Down
Physical description
2pp

Summary

Writes of Henrietta’s illness.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3051,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3051

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