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From Susan Elizabeth Darwin1  [early December 1837?]


[recto:] My father says soon after this house was built in 1798 he has a vague recollection of sowing a quantity of Broom seeds on the bank, which never came up— the Terrace was made in 1835, & there was a good deal of moving of soil; & then all those Broom plants sprung up.— He is sure there were none formerly on this place.—

[verso:] pure potash of 〈    〉 take the 35 Grains in yr Powders you might perhaps take less.— but if sufficiently diluted he shd not think it too much.—

I wrote to Eras yesterday to say I meant to come up on Tuesday the 19th unless this Snow prevents me.—

I wish the journey was over & I was

CD annotations

1.1 vague] underl ink; ‘the vagueness does not apply to act of sowing’ interl ink
Bottom of first page: ‘Time distribn on Railway banks’ pencil
Whole of second page crossed


Identified from the handwriting.


Father says he sowed broom plants soon after house was built in 1798; these never came up. In 1835 the terrace was made; thereafter the broom sprang up.

Advice on a medicine CD is taking.

Letter details

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Darwin, S. E.
Darwin, C. R.
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Source of text
DAR 205.2: 226
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 390,” accessed on 21 October 2016,