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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   [before 29 October 1857]1


We have just begun the horrid mess of plaistering all the new rooms;2 for all the outside plaister had to be stripped off. Lewis found the floor-boards so damp, that he could not lay down the floor in any of the rooms; & the ceilings are so damp, that they cannot be white-washed.—

My dear William | Your affect. Father | C. Darwin


The date is suggested by the reported progress of the plastering of new rooms being added to Down House (see n. 2, below). The information appears to precede that included in the letter to William Darwin, 29 [October 1857].
CD was having a new dining-room and bedroom added to Down House (see the letters to William Darwin, 29 [October 1857], and to W. D. Fox, 30 October [1857]). In 1858, however, the new downstairs room was put to use as a new drawing-room (Atkins 1974).


Atkins, Hedley J. B. 1974. Down, the home of the Darwins: the story of a house and the people who lived there. London: Royal College of Surgeons.


Reports progress of work on the new rooms [at Down].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 210.6: 18
Physical description
ALS 2pp inc

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2135,” accessed on 16 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6