CD grieves over death of Frank's wife Amy; worries that it will weaken Frank's determination to pursue his scientific work.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
My dear old Friend
I am sure you will pity us, when you hear that Amy, Frank's wife, was safely confined & was going on apparently quite well, when she was seized with convulsion which lasted for several hours, she then sunk into a stupor & I saw her expire at 7 oclock this morning. She was a most sweet gentle creature, with plenty of mind beneath, & they were most happy together. No pair could have been happier. Thank God she had no suffering & never knew that she was leaving Frank & all of us for ever. I cannot think what will become of Frank. She helped & encouraged him in his scientific work & whether he will ever have heart to go on again or what he will do I cannot conceive. My dear old Friend I know that you will forgive me pouring out my grief.
Yours affectionately | Ch. Darwin