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From W. D. Fox   [11 February 1863]1

Hillfield | Hampstead | NW

My dear Darwin

Many thanks for your note. I am truly sorry to hear you are so poorly.2

I scarcely hoped to see you, and am very glad to be able to do so. I will certainly come on Friday about 1—and shall rejoice to see Er⁠⟨⁠as⁠⟩⁠mus at same time.3

Many thanks for your ⁠⟨⁠invite⁠⟩⁠ to Down, but it is impossible for me to accept it—nor do I think it wd be anything but a teaze to you if I did.

Had I not been able to get a glimpse of you in Town, I might have tried to run down for a few hours.

Ever my dear Darwin | Yours W D Fox


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. D. Fox, [10 February 1863].
CD stayed with his brother, Erasmus Alvey Darwin, at 6 Queen Anne Street, London, from 4 to 14 February 1863 (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II)).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Plans to meet CD in town.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Darwin Fox
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 164: 177
Physical description
2pp damaged

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3979,” accessed on 22 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11