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To Anne Marsh-Caldwell   1 December [1866]1

Down Bromley Kent

Dec 1st

My dear Mrs Marsh Caldwell

Your very kind note has pleased me much. I shd. have answered it sooner, but there has been some delay, owing to our return yesterday from London, where we have been staying with Erasmus, who is only very moderately well.2

I am ashamed to say that I forgot the Christian name of Mr Corbet;3 nor do I know his address; so will you be so kind as to direct the enclosed note for him.4

I have given him all the information which I could, but it is worse than useless to try by mere chance experiments in diet.—5

Emma has brought back a cold from London & is in bed, other wise she would have written & sent a note better worth receiving than this.

Pray believe me, my dear Mrs. Marsh Caldwell | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Anne Marsh-Caldwell, 27 November [1866].
See letter from Anne Marsh-Caldwell, 27 November [1866]. According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), CD returned from London on 29 November 1866 and Emma herself returned the next day. Erasmus Alvey Darwin, CD’s brother, lived at 6 Queen Anne Street, London (Post Office London directory 1866).
The reference is to Richard Corbet (see letter from Anne Marsh-Caldwell, 27 November [1866] and nn. 3 and 4).
The enclosure has not been found.
On Corbet’s interest in CD’s diet, see the letter from Anne Marsh-Caldwell, 27 November [1866].


Post Office London directory: Post-Office annual directory. … A list of the principal merchants, traders of eminence, &c. in the cities of London and Westminster, the borough of Southwark, and parts adjacent … general and special information relating to the Post Office. Post Office London directory. London: His Majesty’s Postmaster-General [and others]. 1802–1967.


Mentions visit to E. A. Darwin.

Encloses note for Mr Corbet.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Anne Caldwell/Anne Marsh/Anne Marsh-Caldwell
Sent from
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.323)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5290,” accessed on 10 April 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14