Gives her reactions to CD's reports on Anne's health.
My dearest N.
The message is just arrived. What happiness! How I do thank God! but I will not feel too hopeful. I was in the garden looking at my poor darling's little garden to find a flower of hers when John Griffith's drove up. Give my best love to dear Fanny & Catherine. The latter & Brodie must want some repose. We shall hear nothing more now till Monday but I shall wait very well now.
John takes this back with him but I don't know whether it will be too late.
I hardly dare think of such happiness. I hope you will sleep tonight my own.
May the dreadful sickness keep off our child
Goodbye. | E.D
- f1 1405.f1An abbreviation for ‘Nigger’, one of Emma's pet names for CD (Emma Darwin 2: 104).
- f2 1405.f2Probably Erasmus Alvey Darwin's manservant.
- f3 1405.f3Probably Miss C. A. Thorley, who was nursing Anne.
- f4 1405.f4The Darwin children's nurse (Emma Darwin 2: 86).