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To W. D. Fox   [10 February 1863]

6. Queen Anne St | W.

Tuesday Eveng

My dear Fox

Your note has been forwarded here, where we have all been staying for a week.1 I have been bad enough of late & came here to see whether a change wd. do me some good & it has succeeded.— I suppose from your note that you arrive at Mr Woodd’s on Wednesday Evening.— 2 We return home on Friday (possibly, but improbably on Saturday—) & leave this house at 2o30 for the Train.—

Now would it suit you to come here to lunch at 1o or 1o15 on Friday; or on Thursday, but on that day Emma will probably be out.— I do hope you will be able to come for I shall be so sincerely glad to see you.— Can you come to Down; we shd. be very glad; but my stomach has got to such a pitch that I can seldom stay, not even with nearest relations, for more than half-hour at a time. Let me have a line, that I may be sure to be at home, whenever you can come.—

My dear old friend | Ever yours | C. Darwin


Letter from W. D. Fox, 6 February [1863]. CD stayed at 6 Queen Anne Street, London, the home of his brother Erasmus Alvey Darwin, from 4 to 14 February 1863 (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II)).
The reference is to Fox’s brother-in-law, Charles Henry Lardner Woodd, with whom Fox was staying while in London (see letter from W. D. Fox, 6 February [1863]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Invites WDF to Down.

His stomach now so bad he cannot stay, even with close relations, for more than half an hour at a time.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Darwin Fox
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6
FE 11 63
Source of text
Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 136)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3975,” accessed on 17 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11