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From Susan Elizabeth Darwin1   [early December 1837?]


⁠⟨⁠half a page missing⁠⟩⁠ My father says soon after this house was built in 1798 he has a vague recollection of sowing a quantity of Broom seeds on the bank, which never came up— the Terrace was made in 1835, & there was a good deal of moving of soil; & then all those Broom plants sprung up.— He is sure there were none formerly on this place.—

⁠⟨⁠half a page missing⁠⟩⁠ pure potash of ⁠⟨⁠    ⁠⟩⁠ take the 35 Grains in yr Powders you might perhaps take less.— but if sufficiently diluted he shd. not think it too much.—

I wrote to Eras yesterday to say I meant to come up on Tuesday the 19th. unless this Snow prevents me.—

I wish the journey was over & I was

CD annotations

1.1 vague] underl ink; ‘the vagueness does not apply to act of sowing’ interl after ink
Bottom of first page: ‘Time distribn on Railway banks’ pencil
2.1 pure … I was 3.1crossed


Identified from the handwriting.


Father says he sowed broom plants soon after house was built in 1798; these never came up. In 1835 the terrace was made; thereafter the broom sprang up.

Advice on a medicine CD is taking.

Letter details

Letter no.
Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 205.2: 226
Physical description
inc †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 390,” accessed on 17 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2