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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Daniel Oliver   23 [October 1860]1

15 Marine Parade | Eastbourne


My dear Mr Oliver.

What wealth of knowledge you have!—   But I have hardly read the extract about Drosera;2 as we are in much distress, my poor eldest daughter has had a relapse.3 We cannot return on 26th to Down.— Excuse me at present | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


Dated by the reference to Henrietta Emma Darwin’s relapse (see n. 3, below).
See preceding letter.
From entries in Emma Darwin’s diary, it appears that Henrietta Emma Darwin became ill with a stomach complaint late on Sunday night, 21 October 1860, and experienced intermittent attacks of vomiting for over a week.


Compliments DO on his wealth of information.

Henrietta’s relapse.

Thanks for extract on Drosera.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Daniel Oliver
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 261.10: 21 (EH 88206005)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2959,” accessed on 6 October 2022,

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