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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Emma Darwin to John Scott   23 September [1863]1

Malvern Wells

Sep 23.


Mr C. Darwin requests me to thank you for your letter2 & to say that he is too unwell to write or even to read any thing.3 He begs you will not send the Primula Paper until after his return home when he will write himself—4

I am dear Sir | Yours truly | Emma Darwin


The year is established by the address; according to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), CD stayed at Malvern Wells, Worcestershire, from 3 September to 12 or 13 October 1863.
According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), CD was repeatedly sick in the period between 20 and 23 September 1863. See also letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [29 September 1863].
The reference is to the manuscript of Scott 1864a; see from John Scott, 21 September [1863].


CD too unwell to read. JS should not send Primula paper MS until CD returns home.

Letter details

Letter no.
Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
John Scott
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 93: B1–2
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4302,” accessed on 15 April 2024,

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