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From Eleanor Corbet   13 December 1866

Dear Mr. Darwin

Mr. Corbet1 does not like yr kind letter to remain unnoticed, and therefore I promise to write and thank you for it, & at the same time I am to tell you, that tho’ something better than he has been, yet he is so far from well that he does not feel equal to dictating a letter—2

Irritation of the mucous membrane is thought to be the cause of his distressing sensations, & there is no doubt that a very great deal is done by the strictest care in diet—& we endeavor as far as possible to get him to persevere in exercising every precaution.

He desires to send his best regards & believe me dear Mr. Darwin | Yrs. very truly | Eleanor Corbet

Headington Hill | Oxford

Dec. 13th | 1866


Richard Corbet.
CD’s letter has not been found, but see the letter to Anne Marsh-Caldwell, 1 December [1866]. On hearing of the improvement in CD’s health, Richard Corbet wanted to know what diet CD’s doctor had recommended (see letter from Anne Marsh-Caldwell, 27 November [1866]).


Mr Corbet too ill to write. Thanks for CD’s letter [see 5290].

Letter details

Letter no.
Eleanor Corbet
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 161: 225
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5304,” accessed on 20 January 2020,

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