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To William Walmisley Baxter   26 January [1862]1

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

Jan 26th

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your note.2 In early part of year some Cod Liver oil was used by myself, viz part of 2 or 3 Bottles; but to be sure that I have not deducted unfairly, I have deducted for 9 out of the 13 Bottles sent.—3 I am sorry I troubled you about the Friar’s Balsam, which I did not know was the same with T. of Benzoin—

I send cheque4 & remain, Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by an entry in CD’s Account book (Down House MS) (see n. 4, below).
Baxter’s note has not been found.
Baxter ran an apothecary’s shop in Bromley, Kent. The previous year, Joseph Dalton Hooker had recommended the external application of cod-liver oil as something that might assist Henrietta Emma Darwin in her recuperation from illness (see Correspondence vol. 9, letter to J. D. Hooker, 8 [February 1861]).
An entry in CD’s Account book–cash accounts (Down House MS) for 27 January 1862 records a payment to Baxter of £10. 2s. 6d.


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


Discusses deduction from bill for medicine.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Walmisley Baxter
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Source of text
University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13773,” accessed on 27 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10