To W. D. Fox 23 May 
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Fox
Many thanks for your kind note of enquiry.1 I cannot say much for myself. We have lately been staying at Hartfield & Leith Hill Place (& I gave to Caroline your kind messages) for a fortnight;2 but the change did me no good & I have been mostly in bed for the last week from my old enemy sickness. We gave up Malvern on account of my Eczema;3 but it is all gone & perhaps after the holidays we may go there, unless I improve. Gully will be a great loss & I hardly know whom to consult there. I must be under some experienced man, for I could not stand much hard treatment. All this everlasting illness has stopped my work much.— I am glad you told me about Gully, for I had heard only a rumour.—4
Thanks about Illustrated Times, but I have seen it.5 There has been a much better squib, on Owen & Huxley about the Brain; part of which appeared in Public Opinion.—6
I hope the world goes pretty well with you my old friend. I cannot say it does with me. Our youngest Boy is a regular invalid with severe indigestion, clearly inherited from me.7
Farewell | Yours ever truly | C. Darwin
Health has been poor but eczema is improved.
A "squib" about Owen and Huxley on the brain has appeared in Public Opinion [3 (1863): 497–8].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4181,” accessed on 4 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4181