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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Emma Darwin   [18 April 1851]


Friday | 7 oclock

Dr. Gully not come.

She appears dreadfully exhausted, & I thought for some time she was sinking, but she has now rallied a little. The two symptoms Dr. G, dreads most have not come on restlessness & coldness.— If her three awful fits of vomiting were not of the nature of a crisis, I look at the case as hopeless.— I cannot realise our position, God Help us.—

7o. 30’. Dr. Gully has been & thank God he says though the appearances are so bad, positively no one important symptom is worse, & that he yet has hopes—positively he has Hopes.— Oh my dear be thankful..—

Four deluges of vomiting she has had today—poor thing—


Reports on Anne’s condition.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 210.13: 10
Physical description
AL 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1401,” accessed on 13 July 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5