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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).


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 20 May 2019,

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