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Darwin Correspondence Project

From S. E. Wedgwood   [1867–72?]1

Jessie found the other day that driving in the sun without a parasol made one of her eyes, which is weak, water decidedly, so that she had to wipe it.2


The correspondent is identified as Sarah Elizabeth (Elizabeth) Wedgwood, Emma Darwin’s sister, from the handwriting. The date range is conjectured from the likelihood that the content of the scrap related to CD’s work on expression. CD was working on expression with a view to publishing between 1867 and 1872. DAR 195 contains CD’s notes on expression.
Jessie Wedgwood was Elizabeth Wedgwood’s cousin and sister-in-law. CD discussed the watering of eyes in bright light in Expression, p. 171.


Jessie [Wedgwood] says driving in sun made one of her eyes water.

Letter details

Letter no.
Sarah Elizabeth (Elizabeth) Wedgwood
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 195.4: 104
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13856,” accessed on 20 April 2024,

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