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From WDFox   [11 February 1863]1

Hillfield | Hampstead | NW

My dear Darwin

Many thanks for your note. I am truly sorry to hear you are so poorly.2

I scarcely hoped to see you, and am very glad to be able to do so. I will certainly come on Friday about 1—and shall rejoice to see Er〈as〉mus at same time.3

Many thanks for your 〈invite〉 to Down, but it is impossible for me to accept it—nor do I think it wd be anything but a teaze to you if I did.

Had I not been able to get a glimpse of you in Town, I might have tried to run down for a few hours.

Ever my dear Darwin | Yours W D Fox


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. D. Fox, [10 February 1863].
CD stayed with his brother, Erasmus Alvey Darwin, at 6 Queen Anne Street, London, from 4 to 14 February 1863 (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II)).


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


Plans to meet CD in town.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Darwin Fox
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 164: 177
Physical description
2pp damaged

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3979,” accessed on 29 July 2021,

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