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From Emma Darwin to Roland Trimen   [22 August 1871]1



Dear Mr Trimen

I am very sorry to say that Mr Darwin has been so unwell (ill I may say) that we are hastening our return home as soon as possible— He is quite unequal to seeing you which he very much regrets.2

Our stay in this charming place is a great disappointment, though I hope he will reap the benefit of the rest afterwards.

He desires me to repeat how very sorry he is not to be able to see you | believe me | yours very truly | Emma Darwin


The date is established by the reference to the Darwins’ departure from Haredene (see n. 2, below); the Tuesday before 25 August 1871 was 22 August.
Trimen had proposed visiting the Darwins, who rented Haredene, Albury, Surrey, from 28 July to 25 August 1871 (letter from Roland Trimen, [21] August [1871]; CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).


CD is very unwell; will be unable to see RT.

Letter details

Letter no.
Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
Roland Trimen
Sent from
Haredene, Albury Surrey
Source of text
Royal Entomological Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 71)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7916,” accessed on 26 January 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19