To John Chapman 7 June 1865
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
June 7. 1865
My dear Sir
On the whole I can give a pretty good report especially of the 2 last days; but I had acid vomiting in the evening of June 3rd & 4th.1
I think I have gained in general vigour; but I have had 3 or 4 fits of flatulence every day.
It is certain that the ice does not stop either flatulence or sickness at the time. I enclose a table of rate of pulse just before & after the ice.2 You may see in this table how wrong I was in saying that my pulse is now generally about 60. I am certain that formerly this was the case; but am not so certain whether this has been the rate during the last 2 years since I have been weaker; yet generally I feel sure it has been 60 or under. If you have known cases in which the ice has accelerated the pulse, I shd feel hardly any doubt that this has been so with me.
I apply the ice 3 times daily but never for 1o 30’ each time for tho’ it does not contract my chest or chill me, yet after about 1o 15’ I generally get weary of it. I could bear it for 1. 30 or I cd put it on 4 times a day if you desired. I always like it much for the 1st hour. With respect to my pulse I think it has become a little irregular with the accelerated action.
Pray do not trouble your self to write unless you have fresh orders to give.
Pray believe me my dear Sir | yours very faithfully | and obliged | Ch. Darwin
Reports on progress of ice treatment.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Chapman, John
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- University of Virginia Library, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, Darwin Evolution Collection (3314)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4854,” accessed on 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4854