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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Emma Darwin   [22–3 April 1851]



My dearest

Your 2 letters of Monday are certainly better. Poor sweet little thing! I felt more wretched today than any day, but now I do think looking at the accounts of the last 4 days that there has been progressive improvement from that time. Poor dear Catherines letter is most kind but I think dear Susan will be so melancholy without her I almost hope you have not accepted.1 I feel greatly relieved at the bowels acting. I shall write a few lines in the afternoon but I always feel bewildered at first but my impression is considerably better. Eliz. comes today dear soul.

Goodbye I am quite well. I will ask her to get up chloroform2 but I don’t expect to want it till the right time.

God bless you E. D.

Wednesday. | I forgot to put Malvern on this yesterday so it came back, but I hope you wd not be uneasy.

Eliz is come.


See letter to Emma Darwin, [21 April 1851], n. 2.
Chloroform was first administered to Emma during the birth of Francis Darwin, 16 August 1848 (Correspondence vol. 4, letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 May 1848, and letter to Francis Boott, 20 August 1848). When Leonard Darwin was born, 15 January 1850, CD himself administered chloroform to Emma (ibid., letter to W. D. Fox, [17 January 1850], and letter to J. S. Henslow, 17 January [1850]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Thanks CD for his Monday notes about Anne, which are much better than previous ones.

Letter details

Letter no.
Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 210.13: 25
Physical description
ALS 5pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1410,” accessed on 15 April 2024,

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