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From Elizabeth Juliana Sabine   7 December [1864]1

Dec 7

My dear Sir

I do not like that your letter of the 4th to General Sabine should remain longer unacknowledged2   I am confident it will gratify him when he is able to read it. Last Wednesday’s exertion was too much for him,3 which you will not wonder at when I tell you he came from his bed to which he had been confined by influenza. For the first 3 or 4 days he had his letters read to him and dictated answers, but afterwards felt himself the necessity of repose. Dr Bence Jones4 hopes to be able to send us Friday to Hastings for change of air; and I hope he will there be able to read,—your letter first and afterwards others of the same and more recent date.

Sincerely yours | Elisabeth Sabine

Our best wishes to Mrs Darwin & yourself for the improvement of your health; which I am sure you reciprocate


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Edward Sabine, 4 December [1864].
Edward Sabine presided over the anniversary meeting of the Royal Society of London on 30 November 1864.
Henry Bence Jones.


Acknowledges the receipt of CD’s letter on behalf of her husband, who is unwell.

Letter details

Letter no.
Elizabeth Juliana Sabine
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 177: 2
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4705,” accessed on 15 January 2021,

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