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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   30 November [1861]1


Nov. 30th

My dear William

The consols were purchased under name of William Erasmus Darwin of Southampton & Banker was not introduced.2

Mamma3 is in bed with bad Headach.— Miss. L.4 is very bad with headach.— Lenny5 has got a slight headach.— I am not very bright— The day is raining torrents, the children are ennuied—so I have not heart to write—

GoodBye | My dear old man | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. E. Darwin, 12 October [1861] (Correspondence vol. 9).
‘Consols’ is an abbreviation for consolidated annuities, a form of government stocks. CD purchased these in William’s name to serve as a guaranteed deposit toward William’s partnership in the bank of Atherley, Fall & Atherley (later the Southampton and Hampshire Bank; see Correspondence vol. 9, letter to W. E. Darwin, 12 October [1861] and n. 5).
Camilla Ludwig, the Darwin children’s governess.


Reports on state of family’s health.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 108
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3835,” accessed on 23 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)