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Frances Allen to G. N. Smith   19 August [1840]

Dear Sir

I forwarded the paper respecting Caldy, to Mr. Charles Darwin— it found him unfortunately very ill in bed,1 but it has excited his interest very much, and he wrote down a list of questions, which he would be obliged to you to answer—2 He desired his sister in law to write a note for him, but she thought it would perhaps be more satisfactory to send the notes he had written down himself which you will excuse, when you know it was written from his bed— His present address is J Wedgwoods Esqre Maer Hall—Newcastle—Staffordshire—and his house in town—is 12 Upper Gower St.

Believe me dear Sir Your Sincerely Obliged | F. Allen Cresselly August 19th


According to his ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 2, Appendix II), CD was taken ill on 4 August.
See letter to Gilbert Nicholas Smith, [c. 15 August 1840].


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Forwards list of questions from CD relating to GNS’s paper on Caldy [see 576].

Letter details

Letter no.
Frances (Fanny) Allen
Gilbert Nicholas Smith
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Source of text
Tenby Museum
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 577,” accessed on 25 January 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2