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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. D. Fox   29 October [1872]

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Oct. 29th

My dear Fox

Your old Lady might just as well have said we were gone visiting to the moon.1 We have, however, been away from home & returned only on Saturday from a villa which we took for 3 weeks at Sevenoaks, close to the magnificent Knole Park; as I had been working at the microscope & my head had failed.2 Three weeks of extreme dullness have done me some good; but my strength fails more & more, & I find I require a rest every 6 weeks or so.— I really have no news to tell about myself, except that I finished some two months ago a small book on Expression, & which will be published at Murray’s sale early in November. I shall soon receive copies & will send you one.3 Whether you or anyone will care much about it, I know not.— How I wish I could accept your invitation & pay you a visit at Sandown;4 but I have long found it impossible to visit anywhere; the novelty & excitement would annihilate me.—

I am heartily glad to hear that you are better. You mentioned when you wrote last, that before leaving the Isle of Wight you had been bad.—5 I cannot give much of an account of my children. Three of my sons are ailing more or less, & have inherited my poor constitution.6 It is a fearful misfortune

Farewell | My dear old Friend | Ch. Darwin

Footnotes

See letter to J. D. Hooker, 4 October [1872] and n. 5. Knole Park, in Sevenoaks, is a deer-park that dates from the fifteenth century.
Expression was published by John Murray in November 1872 (Freeman 1977; on the sale dinner, see the letter to R. F. Cooke, 27 October [1872] and n. 6). Fox’s name is on CD’s presentation list (see Correspondence vol. 20, Appendix V).
CD may refer to William Erasmus Darwin, George Howard Darwin, and Horace Darwin. George had been to a German spa in the summer, probably with Horace (see letter to W. D. Fox, 16 July [1872] and n. 3). William’s ill health is mentioned in a letter from Emma Darwin to Leonard Darwin, [22 August 1873] (DAR 239.23: 1.13).

Summary

Has finished Expression.

His strength fails more and more; needs to rest every six weeks or so.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8585
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
William Darwin Fox
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (Fox 151)
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8585,” accessed on 24 June 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8585

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

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