Thanks for writing about E. A. Darwin's illness. Will never forget the comfort she was [when Anne Darwin died, 1851].
My dear Fanny
We are infinitely obliged to you, after all your fatigue, writing to us about poor dear
old Erasmus' illness.— We had heard nothing of it. As he seemed
somewhat better when you wrote, I will not doubt that the worst is over, for I think a
Fever hardly ever lulls when it once begins. But it must pull him down terribly, weak as
he always is.— I sh
Good bye my dear Fanny, how many you have aided in illness. I shall never forget the comfort you were once to me, My dear Fanny.—
- f1 1547.f1Dated by the reference to the illness of Erasmus Alvey Darwin, which was also mentioned in the letter from J. D. Hooker, 25 August 1854.
- f2 1547.f2Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood had been residing at Erasmus Darwin's new house in Queen Anne Street in order to nurse him (Wedgwood and Wedgwood 1980, p. 262).
- f3 1547.f3During the fatal illness of CD's daughter Anne. See letters to Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood, [24 April 1851] and [25 April 1851].