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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   [9 November 1860]

15 Marine P.

Friday night

My dear William

I write a line to say that Etty has been going on very well, but the Doctors, I can see still think her health very precarious. However we have taken a Bed-carriage & fully expect to be at Down by 4 oclock tomorrow.1 We shall be a grand procession through the village,—six horses altogether including a cart.—. We all so long to be at home—   this place with its miserable associations has been most dreary.

Farewell my dear old man. When shall you come to Down?2

Your affect Father | C. Darwin

How does your money hold out? Be sure tell me if you get too poor.—

Farewell my dear William.—


The Darwins left Eastbourne for Down on Saturday, 10 November 1860 (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
William was in his third year at Cambridge University.


Discusses Henrietta’s illness and their plans to return to Down.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
NO 10 1860
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 59
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2978,” accessed on 26 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8