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From R. W. Darwin to Josiah Wedgwood II   30–1 August 1831


30 August 31.

Dear Wedgwood

I am very glad you feel better, and that six of the turpentine pills answer.— perhaps as they change the particular part of the bowel that is stimulated by medicine, it is as well to still continue them for some time. You will be so good as to attend to the buffy discharge from the bowels, because if that continues, or increases, it may be a reason for giving up the use of these new pills, as they may conduce to its formation.

Thank Frank1 for his basket. I have not yet opened it.

Charles will tell you of the offer he has had made to him of going for a voyage of discovery for 2 years.— I strongly object to it 〈on var〉ious grounds, but I will not detail my reasons that he may have your unbiassed opinion on the subject, & if you think differently from me I shall wish him to follow your advice.

Dear Wedgwood yours affectionly | R W Darwin

Since writing the above Edward has opened the basket Henry left for me from Frank & we find it is a parcel for your brother which they ought to have taken on with his to the Hill.2 *S 2

Wednesday 31.

Charles has quite given up the idea of the voyage.


Francis Wedgwood, son of Josiah Wedgwood II.
The Hill, Abergavenny, Wales, was the home of the John Wedgwoods.


CD has had an offer to go on a voyage of discovery for two years. RWD objects strongly, but will let CD make his case and if JW agrees with CD, RWD will change his position. In a postscript RWD adds, "Charles has quite given up … the voyage."

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Waring Darwin
Josiah Wedgwood, II
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Source of text
V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 96)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 108,” accessed on 23 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 1