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From W. D. Fox   19 May [1868]1

Hillfield | Hampstead

19 May

My dear Darwin

I wish very much I could have run over to Down while here, but it is quite hopeless for me to think of doing so. I return home on Saturday, and am not equal to any extra exertion I can help, tho I ⁠⟨⁠am⁠⟩⁠ very comfortably well, as long as I am quite idle, as my pain tho constant, is very bearable.2

I have not time to enter into your letter today, but will do so ere long.

I should much have enjoyed seeing you, and Mrs Darwin again—if I could.

Yours always | W D Fox


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. D. Fox, 14 May [1868].
See letter to W. D. Fox, 14 May [1868]. Fox lived at Delamere Rectory, Northwich, Cheshire. For Fox’s recent health, see the letter from W. D. Fox, 3 February [1868]. Fox was visiting his father-in-law, Basil George Woodd, of Hillfield House, Haverstock Hill, Hampstead (Post Office London suburban directory 1868).


Post Office London suburban directory: The Post Office London suburban directory. Kelly’s London suburban directory. London: Kelly & Co. 1860–1903.


Regrets he cannot get to Down.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Darwin Fox
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 164: 187
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6187,” accessed on 22 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16