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From E. A. Darwin   [after 21 April 1869]1

than Paget & that you may get well soon— I looked upon muscles as of such little consequence compared to all the rest of the machinery that I believe I looked upon Pagets verdict as better than I ought. You’ll require B Jones to put you on horseback again.2

yours affec | E D


The date is established by the reference to James Paget and a horse-riding accident. Paget visited CD on 21 April 1869 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)), after CD had fallen from his horse (see letter to A. R. Wallace, 14 April 1869 and n. 12).
Henry Bence Jones had treated CD successfully for his chronic illness since 1865 (see Correspondence vol. 13), and had advised CD to go riding for exercise (see Correspondence vol. 14, letter from H. B. Jones, 10 February [1866] and n. 3).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Discusses CD’s health and James Paget’s "verdict".

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 105: B65
Physical description
ALS 1p inc

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6521,” accessed on 16 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17