It was at about this time that Charles

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It was at about this time that Charles's health started to fail. Soon after the birth of his  first son, William, in December of 1939, Darwin found himself becoming nauseous and  weak, suffering from pain and insomnia. Doctors, including Darwin's father, could find no  concrete problems to treat, so he was left to suffer on his own. His sickness plagued  him throughout his life, though it grew somewhat less noxious in his later years. Emma  devoted herself to taking care of him in his weak moments, of which there were many. In  1842, to escape the din of London, Charles and Emma moved to the village of Downe in  Kent, where they took up occupancy in the Down House. Down was a quiet, out of the  way place where Darwin could focus on his science, nurse his increasingly poor health,  and avoid the tribulations of London society.
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