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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-3601

To W. E. Darwin   13 [June 1862]1

Down

13th

My dear William

Mamma returned with Horace very brisk yesterday.2 An hour before she came, Lenny arrived ill in carriage & this morning has decided Scarlet Fever.—3 So the House is in miserable state; but he is not bad.—

Please return my watch in some little Box, registered, & please return “Journal of Horticulture”.— I am so very sorry that you yourself are not very well.—

My dear old fellow | C. Darwin

Footnotes

1
The date is established by the reference to Leonard Darwin becoming ill with scarlet fever (see n. 3, below).
2
According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), she and Horace Darwin visited Southampton, where William lived, from 3 to 12 June 1862. Horace had been ill earlier in the year.
3
Twelve-year-old Leonard Darwin attended Clapham Grammar School in south-west London (see letter from Charles Pritchard, 17 June [1862]). Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) records, on 12 June 1862: ‘Lenny came home with sc. fever’.

Summary

Leonard has scarlet fever; CD is sorry WED is unwell.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-3601
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Darwin, W. E.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 99
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3601,” accessed on 29 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3601

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