Detailed account of progress of Anne's illness.
Saturday | 11. oclock
I make two letters for safety. & put the second in at last minute.
First Letter or Page
My own dear. You will have received before this the Electric telegraph message, which I
despatched at 9 this morning.— And it will
have much comforted you.— After the second of yesterdays letters, when D
She keeps the same; just this minute she opened her mouth quite distinctly for
gruel.—& said that is enough.— You would not in the least
recognize her with her poor hard, sharp pinched features; I could only bear to look at
her by forgetting our former dear Annie. There is nothing in common between the
two.— Fanny Henleigh is here most kind of course: she does not think badly of
her looks. How truly kind of her coming— Poor Annie has just said
“Papa” quite distinctly.— Etty is gone with Hannah to London by Cheltenham Coach: (Etty never dreamed of danger to
Annie) on Monday she goes with the others to Leith Hill.— Hensleigh is here on way to Newport.— I
cannot express how it felt to have hopes last night at
Saturday. | 2. oclock.
We expect D
- f1 1402.f1See letter to Erasmus Alvey Darwin, 19 April 1851.
- f2 1402.f2See the second letter to Emma Darwin, [18 April 1851].
- f3 1402.f3Hannah was a servant of Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood (see letter from Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood, 28 [April 1851]).
- f4 1402.f4Leith Hill Place, near Dorking, Surrey, was the home of Caroline and Josiah Wedgwood III. Henrietta Darwin and the children of Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood stayed there while CD and Fanny nursed Anne in Malvern.
- f5 1402.f5Hensleigh Wedgwood was Emma's brother and Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood's husband. Fanny remained with CD to help look after Anne. Some nine years previously, when Fanny had been exhausted by her new baby and was nursing Hensleigh Wedgwood through a dangerous illness, Emma had looked after her older children at Down (Wedgwood and Wedgwood 1980, pp. 246–7).