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Letter 1404

Darwin, Emma to Darwin, C. R.

[19 Apr 1851]

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    Is hopeful about Anne after receiving an encouraging message.




My own dearest

The conclusion of your letter does leave me with some hopes, almost as much as I had yesterday. It is a blessing that our darling does not suffer, & I hope that even the vomitting does not cause much. How kind of Dr Gully to sleep in the house. & must have been a great support to you Now dear Fanny is with you, you must let her experienced eye do some of the watching, tho' I know what an effort it must be to leave her for a moment, but you will be quite exhausted. Aunt F. helps me through the long hours of suspense, & I feel quite unnatural sometimes in being able to talk of other things. Poor little sweet child I often think of the precious look she gave you the only one I suppose. No wonder she would brighten up at your sight you were always the tenderest of human beings to her & comforted her so on all occasions.

I am sadly afraid we shall not hear tomorrow The morning is the only chance Mr Acton says.

Goodbye my dearest. I shall probably send for Etty on Monday. God bless you I know you would suffer. Yours my beloved E.D.

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    Apart from wanting Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood to support CD during the nursing of Anne, Emma also depended ‘on her eye for illness’ (Emma Darwin 2: 133).
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    Fanny Allen was staying with Emma in Down (Emma Darwin 2: 132).
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    Samuel Poole Acton was postmaster at Bromley, Kent. The cover of the letter of 17 April is addressed to ‘Mrs Darwin | care of Mr Acton | Post Office | Bromley | Kent | (If not called for, please despatch by special messenger.)’
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    Henrietta Emma Darwin, Anne's younger sister, had been taken to Malvern in March to keep Anne company (Emma Darwin 2: 132).
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