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Letter 2015

Darwin, C. R. to Lubbock, Harriet

[8 Dec 1856]

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    Thanks her for kindness. Announces, "We have now half-a-dozen Boys" [Charles Waring Darwin, born 6 Dec].




Dear Lady Lubbock

I thank you cordially for your very great kindness in thinking of us, & being willing to take so much trouble to keep the house quiet. But Mrs Darwin is going on perfectly well, & as Etty is not well, & Miss Thorley not with us, we think we had had better keep our little Boys at home, & we shall be able to get on perfectly well with them in the house.—

My wife desires me to give you her kindest thanks.— We have now half-a dozen Boys, which seems perfectly awful to me, but will seem less dreadful to you.— Permit me again to say how very sincerely I thank you for your great kindness, & believe me dear Lady Lubbock | Your Ladyship's | Most truly obliged | Charles Darwin

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    The first Monday after the birth of Charles Waring Darwin.
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    Henrietta Emma Darwin.
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    Miss Thorley was the governess of the Darwin children until 6 January 1857 (Emma Darwin's diary). Miss Pugh took her place in April 1857.
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    The Lubbocks had eight sons and three daughters.
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