Mrs Henslow's death stirs reminiscences of happier days.
Down Bromley Kent
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
My dear friend & most kind old master | Believe me | Yours affectionately |Ch. Darwin
- f1 2207.f1Henslow 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 .
- f2 2207.f2Henslow's wife Harriet had died on 20 November 1857. See Correspondence vol. 6, letter to J. D. Hooker, 21 November , and letter from J. D. Hooker, [2 December 1857].
- f3 2207.f3CD 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 .
- f4 2207.f4See letter to J. D. Hooker, 15 January .