To James Paget 29 April 1
Down. | Beckenham| Kent. S.E.
My dear Paget
I have made a wonderful recovery. Mr Engleheart says all the fluid is gone, only some thickening left.—2 I have no pain, & very slight tenderness, & can walk & do walk several times a day.— I shall soon take to gentle rides again.
As far as sensations serve, I am inclined to think the fomentations acted admirably.
My general health is also improving.— Do not waste your precious time in answering this, but accept my cordial thanks for your kind advice & believe me
My dear Paget | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
P.S. If ever you come across an extra blushing damsel do not forget the downward extent of the blush. I am assured that some half naked natives of Eastern races blush over arms & legs!
Also any case in which when screaming or breathing laboriously if platysma myoides contracts skin of neck into transverse folds?—3
Has made a wonderful recovery [from riding accident].
Asks for information on blushing and screaming [for Expression].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6716,” accessed on 23 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6716