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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   21 and 22 April [1861?]1


Ap 21d

My dear W.

I return the enclosed. It seems a most wonderful cure, & if all is really as it appears, what thousands of lives this precious doctor has cost by not revealing his secret.2

Your affect.— | C. Darwin

It is now late in evening & Henrietta has had a much better day.—

22d   12o | Henrietta goes on splendidly3


The date is suggested by the reference to Henrietta Emma Darwin’s illness (see n. 3, below).
The reference has not been traced.
This sentence was added in pencil. Emma Darwin’s diary for 1861 is full of references early in the year to Henrietta’s progress in recuperating from the illness she had been suffering from for many months (see letters to Asa Gray, 23 [January 1861] and to W. E. Darwin, [24 January 1861]). On both 21 and 22 April 1861, Emma recorded that Henrietta had a ‘good day’.


Returns [an unspecified] enclosure referring to "a most wonderful cure".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 62
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3124,” accessed on 1 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9