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To Edward Cresy   [24 June 1849]1

The Lodge, | Malvern.

My dear Sir,

Your letter of the 22nd has been forwarded to me here (from Down) where I have been staying since the 10th of March, under the cold water cure, which has benefitted my health to a very considerable extent.

Dr. King2 from all that you say, from his testimonials and his writings, has, I am sure, my best good wishes, but it is really impossible that I can canvass for a man not personally known to me.3 I fully appreciate the kindness of your feelings and your gratitude to Dr. King for his attentions to you, but, I think, a moment’s reflexion will show you how a strange it would appear to any third person for me to canvass with only second hand information. I return the documents to save the trouble of copies. I return home by beginning of next month, and shd. I see Owen,4 I will mention what you say of Dr. King, but his name must be pretty well known to everyone. I can only repeat with sincerity that he has my good wishes.

I hope that your Father is well. In Haste, | Yours sincerely, C. Darwin. Sunday morning.


The Sunday after Edward Cresy’s letter, as mentioned by CD, and the last Sunday that CD spent at Malvern before his return to Down on 30 June (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix I).
Cresy had solicited CD’s opinion of Richard King’s views on Arctic expeditions earlier. See second letter to Edward Cresy, [before May 1848?].
The canvassing may have been in support of King’s proposal to lead a search for John Franklin. In 1850 he was appointed assistant surgeon with the H.M.S. Resolute expedition.
Richard Owen.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Declines to canvass for Richard King.

Water-cure has benefited health.

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Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edward Cresy, Jr
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DAR 143
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1238,” accessed on 13 August 2020,

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