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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Hugh Falconer   12 July [1860]1

The Ridge, Hartfield, | Tonbridge Wells

July 12th

My dear Falconer

I thank you for your most interesting note.2 The facts are really grand. We have had a melancholy household for some time; as my eldest girl has been very ill for a long time and we have brought her here for a change.3 I have been bad enough of late, and have not been in London for an age. Whenever I do come I must pay you a visit and have one of those chats with you, which I so much enjoy. But our plans are all uncertain being dependent on my daughter’s health.

I must say I do heartily enjoy Owen having had a good setting down—his arrogance and malignity are too bad.

My good old friend | Yours most truly | C. Darwin


Dated by the relationship to the letter from Hugh Falconer, 9 July [1860].
The Darwins had taken Henrietta Emma Darwin to convalesce at the home of Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood in Hartfield, Sussex (‘Journal’; Appendix II).


Eldest daughter [Henrietta] very ill.

CD enjoys Owen’s having had "a good setting down".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Hugh Falconer
Sent from
Wedgwood, S. E. (b) Hartfield
Source of text
DAR 144
Physical description
C 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2865,” accessed on 4 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8