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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-4489

From E. A. Darwin   7 May [1864]1

May 7

Dear Charles.

Sir H send’s thanks for Zoo:2 which he has returned. I told him you had been trying Podophyll:3 & he said he had just had a patient come to him suffering from taking it & that as far as he knew it was nothing but a strong drastic, & if taken with that view he should think not good for you. I dont think I experienced any other effect from it myself

yours aff. | E D

Footnotes

1
The year is established by the reference to CD’s taking the drug podophyllin. He began doing so on 24 March 1864 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).
2
The reference is to Henry Holland, who had asked to borrow a copy of Erasmus Darwin’s Zoonomia (E. Darwin 1794–6). See letter from E. A. Darwin, [15? April 1864]. CD’s annotated copy of this work is in the Rare Books Room at CUL (see Marginalia 1: 185–7).
3
On CD’s use of podophyllin, see the letter from E. A. Darwin to Emma Darwin, 30 [March 1864?] and n. 4. See also letter from William Jenner to [William Walmisley Baxter?], [after 7 May 1864?].

Summary

Henry Holland sends thanks for Zoonomia.

Sir Henry would not expect podophyllin to be good for CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-4489
From
Darwin, E. A.
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 105: B27
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4489,” accessed on 30 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4489

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