From Edward Cresy 13 September 1862
13 Sept ’62—
My dear Sir.
As we are making our annual sojourn with my mother1 I should certainly have availed myself of the opportunity of paying my respects to you but learn with regret that Mrs Darwin has been Seriously ill with fever—& have therefore not ventured to walk over until I should have heard from you—2 Not that I have the slightest fear of contagion or infection— my experience has shewn me that a well fed healthy person runs very little danger when coming immediately from & returning shortly to the fresh air—but I know that when you have illness in the house even a casual call sometimes deranges the invalid—but I sincerely hope to hear a favorable account as well as of your 3d son who if I remember rightly you told me was at Southampton for his health—3
I am greatly luxuriating in the simple luxury of having nothing to do— Last session was a very laborious one for me4 and I felt regularly done up without having anything the matter with me—but having been to Frant near Tunbridge W〈ells〉 〈 〉 Hastings I feel like a giant refreshed— How glad I should be to hear you give the same account of yourself— I fear the amount of sickness you & your family have suffered the last few months can have left you but little time for work—but trust you are now able to resume your pen.
I have long been looking for your memoir on Drosera—5 Walter White has recently introduced me to your Linnæan Secretary—6 how is it he has advanced so little towards the Origin of Species? I should have thought you & Dr Hooker7 irresistable in that quarter—
Pray tell Mrs Darwin how much we regretted to learn of her attack & assure her of our sincere wishes for her recovery— We hope your daughter maintains the wonderful improvement we saw in her—8
Yours very truly | E Cresy—
Charles Darwin Esq—
Walter White [Asst.-Sec. and Librarian, Royal Society] has introduced EC to Richard Kippist of the Linnean Society, who has made little progress toward accepting Origin.