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From E. A. Darwin   [after 31 March 1864?]1

I enclose 2 pods 2 14 gr each   my little all which I hope will tide you over till you get some from Blunts.3



The date is conjectured from the relationship between this letter and the letter from E. A. Darwin to Emma Darwin, 30 [March 1864?].
Erasmus Alvey Darwin refers to the medicine podophyllin, which CD had started taking on 24 March 1864 (see letter from E. A. Darwin to Emma Darwin, 30 [March 1864?] and n. 4).
CD’s Classed account book (Down House MS) for 1864 included payments to Blunts, or Blunt and Salter, a Shrewsbury dispensing chemist. Blunts was ‘believed at Down to be the best chemist in the world’ (Emma Darwin (1915) 2: 118 n. 2; see also Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Catherine Darwin, [16 September 1842]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 28 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Emma Darwin (1915): Emma Darwin: a century of family letters, 1792–1896. Edited by Henrietta Litchfield. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1915.


Sends "2 pods ¼ gr each" to tide CD over.

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 105: B18
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4364,” accessed on 23 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12