Informs CD of the death of their father and the funeral arrangements.
My dearest Charles.
You will, I trust be prepared for what I must tell you— Our dear Father died
this morning about half past 8— his last end was as little suffering as could
be hoped with his complaint— I will tell you all I can since
yesterday— He became rather more suffering about 2 o'clock
yesterday—after my letter was gone—; but failed rapidly about
5 or 6, in the evening; it was evident that it was drawing to a
close.— He went to bed before 8—and mercifully lay down,
(tho' with exhaustion at first,) and continued lying down till about
Susan sat close to him the whole time— M
The Funeral will be on Saturday—which will give you time to come— by setting out on Thursday, you will be here on Friday. Susan is writing to Erasmus. I do not know what day he will come, as he will know it tomorrow. My kindest love to dear Emma—. she will suffer sadly, as all must—
The Funeral must be on Saturday I believe—
God comfort you my dearest Charles. You were so beloved by him | E C D.
- f1 1207.f1Because of illness, CD did not leave Down until Friday, the 17th, and spent the night at Erasmus's house in London before proceeding to Shrewsbury (see letter to Emma Darwin, [17 November 1848]). He arrived after the funeral had begun and did not attend (Wedgwood and Wedgwood 1980, p. 250).