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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. W. Baxter?   10 November [1872–4]1


Nov 10th

Dear Sir

I am sorry to cause you trouble, but I shd. greatly prefer an enema with shorter nozzle, viz 2 inches or 2 inches & 14, measured from the top of the ivory collar to the extremity of the nozzle.— I find also I shd. like the whole enema a little larger, viz about 14 of an inch higher, but if you have none such, the size of the one returned would do.—2

Dear Sir | yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The date range and recipient are established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. W. Baxter?, 8 November [1872–4].


Browne, Janet. 1998. I could have retched all night. Darwin and his body. In Science incarnate. Historical embodiments of natural knowledge, edited by Christopher Lawrence and Steven Shapin. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.


Would greatly prefer an enema with a shorter nozzle but with a somewhat larger diameter.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Walmisley Baxter
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13774,” accessed on 4 June 2023,

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