Thoughts after the death of Anne.
My dearest Emma & Charles—
Though it seems like disturbing you, yet I cannot rest without writing to thank you
both for the precious letters from each of you that I found waiting for me when I came
home on Saturday. I cannot tell you the comfort & even pleasure, sad as it was,
that they gave me—to think that I sh
Elizabeth tells me of poor little Ettys suffering so much, & you must have felt a satisfaction in telling the poor little woman of her having been asked for. I think you will like to hear, as I did that Effie has felt more than I expected she would. Hannah tells me she cried much when she went to bed the night Eliz brought the sad news —& when she came to the door to meet us her face looked quite different, & manner—& she was crying again very soon after reading a letter from Shrewsbury about it. It gave me quite pleasure to see her feeling—indeed there is none of the Servants that knew her, that does not feel the loss you have had— It was like dear Eliz to send me her note of yesterday I wanted to hear about poor Brodie—& we shall soon see Fanny who will perhaps have seen you since—
I cannot bear to think on both your most tender Expressions about myself my dearest
Charles & Emma—so undeserved as they are who c
your most grateful | dearest Emma | F E W—
I have written to the Tollets—
- f1 1424.f1See letter to Emma Darwin, [21 April 1851], in which CD reported that Anne asked after Henrietta Darwin. For Emma's notes on Henrietta in the months following Anne's death, see Correspondence vol. 5, Appendix II.
- f2 1424.f2Katherine Euphemia Wedgwood (Effie) was Fanny and Hensleigh Wedgwood's daughter.
- f3 1424.f3On 25 April, Elizabeth Wedgwood collected Henrietta Darwin from Leith Hill Place, home of Caroline and Josiah Wedgwood III (Emma Darwin's diary). Effie and the other children of Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood were also staying at Leith Hill and presumably first heard of Anne's death from Elizabeth. Hannah, a servant of Fanny and Hensleigh Wedgwood, had taken Henrietta from Malvern to Leith Hill, via London, on 19 April (letter to Emma Darwin, [19 April 1851]).
- f4 1424.f4Fanny Allen.
- f5 1424.f5Leith Hill (see n. 3, above).
- f6 1424.f6Hensleigh Wedgwood.
- f7 1424.f7Catherine Amelia Smith, widow of Sydney Smith, with whom Fanny Allen was going to stay in order to see the Great Exhibition (Emma Darwin 2: 141).
- f8 1424.f8The George Tollets of Betley Hall, Staffordshire, close friends of the Wedgwood and Darwin families.