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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-7539

To J. J. Aubertin   3 March [1871]1

Down. | Beckenham Kent. S.E.

March 3rd.

Dear Mr Aubertin

I congratulate you on your safe return after all your long wanderings in various parts of the world.— Should you ever be inclined to call here, I should be most happy to see you & so would Mrs. Darwin.— The best route is Orpington Station on the S.E. Ry. & the Station is 4 full miles from my house. I am sorry you had before your journey for nothing.2

Poor Miss Butler3 is dead— She fell down stairs & injured the vertebræ in her neck & died a most dreadful & prolonged death. Her sufferings were awful.

She once paid us a visit & the more we saw of her the more we liked her.4 You say nothing about your own health, which I hope is at last good— I cannot say much for myself as I am always ailing & with advancing old age cannot stand any excitement or fatigue. I can rarely talk for more than half an hour with anyone, but as long as I keep quiet I can do 2 or 3 or 4 hours of Scientific work almost every day—so I must not complain.— All my large family is fairly well—

Pray believe me | Yours very faithfully. | Ch. Darwin.

Footnotes

1
The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. J. Aubertin, 1 March 1871.
2
See letter from J. J. Aubertin, 1 March 1871. Aubertin reported going to Bromley station, which was not as near to CD’s home as Orpington station on the South East Railway line.
3
Mary Butler (see letter from J. J. Aubertin, 1 March 1871 and n. 5).
4
Butler visited Down House for a week in April 1860 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).

Summary

Invites him to visit.

Miss Butler is dead.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7539
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Aubertin, J. J.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 143: 25
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7539,” accessed on 23 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7539

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