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To F. T. Buckland   15 December [1864]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec. 15th

My dear Mr Buckland

It would give me very great pleasure to see you here on your return from Galway; but I much fear when you hear what I am bound to say, that it will not be worth your while.2 We are six miles from Bromley Station. My health is so uncertain that I never know how I shall be & some few days I cannot speak to any one. On my best days I dare not talk for more than 10 or 15 minutes, though I can repeat the dose two or three times. As you are medical I may tell you that I have suffered from almost incessant vomiting for nine months, & that has so weakened my brain, that any excitement brings on whizzing & fainting feelings, when I cannot speak; & much of this makes me for days afterwards very unwell; so I find by experience I must be very cautious.

All I can say is that I shd be delighted to see you for a few minutes, but it would not be worth all the trouble of coming here.

I am so glad & cordially thank you about the otter-hound.—3

Believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from F. T. Buckland, 13 December 1864.
See letter from F. T. Buckland, 13 December 1864 and n. 2.
See letter to F. T. Buckland, 11 December [1864] and n. 4, and letter from F. T. Buckland, 13 December 1864.


Would be delighted to see FB for a few minutes but his health is so poor he doubts it would be worth the trouble for FB to visit.

Thanks about the otter-hound.

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Darwin, C. R.
Buckland, F. T.
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C. C. Kohler (dealer)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4717F,” accessed on 25 October 2016,