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Letter 2207

Darwin, C. R. to Henslow, J. S.

25 Jan [1858]

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    Mrs Henslow's death stirs reminiscences of happier days.


Down Bromley Kent

Jany 25th

My dear Henslow

I received the day before yesterday the appendix to the allotment Report & I am glad to see how eminently successful your men have been.— I have not

written to you, as I thought it would only have troubled & I was very sure that you need not be told how sincerely & deeply I have sympathised with you,—to whom I shall ever owe so much. Those old days when I used as an undergraduate to be so much at your house were certainly amongst the most happy & best days which I have ever spent. Never shall I forget to end of my life the uniform & very great kindness of poor dear Mrs Henslow to me.— I hope you are all well & that your health is pretty good: I have heard not a very good account of your appearance.— I beg you not to think of answering this note.

My dear friend & most kind old master | Believe me | Yours affectionately |Ch. Darwin

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    f1 2207.f1
    Henslow ran a scheme for providing the farm labourers of his parish in Hitcham, Suffolk, with allotments of land on which they could grow food for their families (Russell-Gebbett 1977, p. 34). The work to which CD refers is Henslow [1858].
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    f2 2207.f2
    Henslow's wife Harriet had died on 20 November 1857. See Correspondence vol. 6, letter to J. D. Hooker, 21 November [1857], and letter from J. D. Hooker, [2 December 1857].
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    CD recorded in his ‘Journal’ for 1831, his final year as an undergraduate in Cambridge: ‘During these months lived much with Prof. Henslow, often dining with him, & walking with.’ (Correspondence vol. 1, Appendix I). See also Correspondence vol. 2, letter from Harriet Henslow, 22 November [1838].
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    See letter to J. D. Hooker, 15 January [1858].
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