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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. W. Baxter?   8 November [1872–4]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Nov. 8th

Dear Sir

Please to send me in a Box a vulcanised Indian-Rubber Enema of medium size.— The one which I had from you & which suits me, is 414 inches in height from the base to the upper part of the wooden rim which receives the bone nozzle.—2

Dear Sir | yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year range is established by the printed stationery, with the address in the centre; CD used this type of notepaper from January 1872 until November 1874. Baxter was CD’s chemist.
On CD’s health, see J. Browne 1998.


Browne, Janet. 1998. I could have retched all night. Darwin and his body. In Science incarnate. Historical embodiments of natural knowledge, edited by Christopher Lawrence and Steven Shapin. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.


Orders enema.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Walmisley Baxter
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.410)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8613,” accessed on 23 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20