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Letter 1417

Darwin, C. R. to Wedgwood, F. E. E.

[25 Apr 1851]

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    Is glad he returned home to be with Emma, and is grateful to Fanny for following Anne to the grave.




My dearest Fanny

I cannot resist writing one line to thank you for having so tenderly advised me to return to home, I am sure I have acted best for Emma's sake. It is some sort of consolation to weep bitterly together. The more I think of it, the greater the comfort is to me, that one who wept as tenderly as the tenderest parent over our poor child should follow her to the grave. I know of no other human being whom I could have asked to have undertaken so painful a task. God bless you dearest Fanny for it: sometime think with satisfaction how kindly you have acted towards us in our misery. Poor Emma is very firm, but is of course repeatedly overwhelmed with grief. I owe it to you that I am here.

Dear Fanny I cannot thank you. Sometime I shd wish to know on which side & part of the Church-Yard, as far as you can describe it, the body of our once joyous child rests.

Yours most affectionately | C. Darwin

mention how you are yourself my dearest F. Ch. says you looked quite ill.

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    f1 1417.f1
    CD left Malvern before Anne was buried and arrived at Down on 25 April. Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood made the arrangements for Anne's funeral.
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    There is a sketch showing the location of Anne's grave in Malvern churchyard in DAR 210.13.
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    The postscript is in Emma Darwin's hand.
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