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Letter 1422

Darwin, C. R. to Thorley, E. M.

26 Apr [1851]

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    Expresses gratitude to Mrs T's daughter for devotion to his daughter in final illness.

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Down | Farnboro | Kent

Ap 26.

Dear Mrs Thorley

I must beg permission to express to you our deep obligation to your daughter & our most earnest hope that her health may not be injured by her exertions I hope it will not appear presumptuous in me to say that her conduct struck me as throughout quite admirable. I never saw her once [yield] to her feelings as long as self restraint & exertion were of any use— her judgment & good sense never failed: her kindness, her devotion to our poor child could hardly have been excelled by that of a mother

Such conduct will, I trust hereafter be in some degree rewarded by the satisfaction your daughter must ever feel when she looks back at her exertions to save & comfort our poor dear dying child. I earnestly hope that her health will be pretty soon established. My wife joins in kindest remembrance to yourself

Pray believe me &c

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