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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. W. Baxter?   17 January [1872–4]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Jan. 17th

Dear Sir

Will you send me thrice the quantity of physic herewith prescribed & kindly mark outside bottle in ounces & drams how much my dose is twice a day, as this is far more convenient than roughly graduated bottle.— Please be careful about the Nux vomica as I am rather afraid of this.2 If you think it a large dose for a man with a very poor constitution, will you be so kind as to inform me.—

Please also send 6 or 8 oz of Glycerine

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year range is established by the printed stationery, with the address in the centre; CD used this type of notepaper between January 1872 and November 1874. Baxter was CD’s usual chemist.
Nux vomica was used as a stimulant, but is poisonous; strychnine is extracted from it (Milne 1869, p. 136).


Requests a prescribed physic [not specified].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Walmisley Baxter
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Source of text
Houghton Library, Harvard University: Autograph File, D)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8165,” accessed on 21 May 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20