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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Emma Darwin   [17 November 1848]1

Park St.—

3 oclock

My own ever dear Mammy.—

Here I am & have had some tea & toast for luncheon & am feeling very well. My drive did me good & I did not feel exhausted till I got near here & now I am rested again & feel pretty nearly at my average.—

My own dear wife, I cannot possibly say how beyound all value your sympathy & affection is to me.— I often fear I must wear you with my unwellnesses & complaints.

Your poor old Husband | C. D.


This letter was written at Erasmus Alvey Darwin’s house when CD was on his way to Shrewsbury to attend Robert Waring Darwin’s funeral. Erasmus had already left for Shrewsbury (see Wedgwood and Wedgwood 1980, p. 249). A note on the verso in Emma’s hand states: ‘C.D. Nov. 48. on his way to Shrewsbury’.


Wedgwood, Barbara and Wedgwood, Hensleigh. 1980. The Wedgwood circle, 1730–1897: four generations of a family and their friends. London: Studio Vista.


CD fears he must wear Emma with his unwellness and complaints.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
Sent from
London, Park St
Source of text
DAR 210.8: 32
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1208,” accessed on 14 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4