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From E. A. Darwin to Emma Darwin   1 September [1875?]1

1 Sept

My dear Emma

I am afraid the account today is rather alarming pain & tenderness less but a good deal of port wine ordered which looks as if her weakness was excessive. There never was anything so unlikely as their being from home when food is so important & so difficult of course to get.2

I shall try not to think about coming to you till the time of your return as I am now in an aguish state and any thought of moving is terrifying to me, tho’ being unwell at Down is only being in the fashion.3

Yours affec. | EAD


The year is conjectured from an archivist’s date on the letter.
The invalid may have been Caroline Sarah Wedgwood, CD’s sister. In a letter to Leonard Darwin of 26 October 1875, Emma wrote: ‘Aunt Caroline is no better & still at Felixstowe & we seem surrounded with illness’ (DAR 239.23: 1.35).
The Darwins were in Southampton from 28 August to 11 September 1875 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).


Reports on health [of unidentified woman].

EAD will not think of coming to Down until their return.

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 105: B126
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10146,” accessed on 24 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23