To John Chapman 16 May 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Several months ago you were so good as to send me your pamphlet on the cure of Sea Sickness2 & may have been surprized that I did not write to thank you, but by an odd chance I only observed a week ago that it came direct from you. I now want to ask you to pay me a professional visit here (any day but Friday next) to consider whether the ice treatment would be applicable in my case.3 My sickness is not from mere irritability of stomach but is always caused by acid & morbid secretions.4 I am anxious not to try any new treatment unless you have had experience in some similar cases leading you to think it adviseable.
This place is 6 hilly miles from Bromley where you will find flys waiting. The Victoria or Charing Cross stations are equally convenient in order to reach Bromley.
Will you have the kindness to let me know on what day you can come & about what hour?
I am dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
P.S. If one of the bags for ice is so small that you can put it in your pocket I should be much obliged if you cd bring one here, as I shd thus learn how to apply it, in case you think fit to make the trial.—
Asks JC to pay him a professional visit at Down to consider whether the ice treatment would apply to his case. Describes his sickness.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Chapman, John
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- Source of text
- University of Virginia Library, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, Darwin Evolution Collection (3314)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4834,” accessed on 28 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4834