To Edward Cresy 15 September 1
Cliff Cottage, Bournemouth
I have just received your kind note.—2 You will see where we are. My third son (not the former invalid, who is better) had the Scarlet Fever dreadfully badly3 and on our road here, at Southampton, Mrs. Darwin sickened;4 but both our patients are at last going on capitally. We shall remain here some weeks longer.— This incessant illness has utterly stopped all work, except a few miscellaneous observations. I intend to give up my beloved Drosera till I have got out a separate volume on Variation; and Heaven knows when that will be.—5 I am very glad to hear that you have had a good holiday and feel yourself rested; for I am sure your incessant work is enough to tire out anyone.6 One week of your work would send me to bed for half a year.— Kippist to whom you allude is a good-hearted little man; but not one whose opinion one would value.7
Mrs. Darwin sends her kind remembrances to Mrs. Cresy8 and yourself.— I am sorry that I shall miss seeing you.
Pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Son [Leonard] ill with scarlet fever. Also Mrs Darwin.
Intends to give up work on Drosera until Variation is done.