Much concerned by death of JBI's mother.
We were much concerned at hearing yesterday evening of the death of your mother. I never heard of a more merciful release from suffering. In your
sorrow you must have the satisfaction of knowing how excellent & attentive a son
you have been; & one cannot have a higher satisfaction. I hope
With our united sympathy, pray believe me, Dear Innes | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 2232.f1The year is given by the reference to the death of Innes's mother (see n. 2, below). The version of this letter published in Stecher 1961, p. 204, is incorrectly dated 1858.
- f2 2232.f2Mary Innes died on 3 March 1859, aged 83, in the home of her son in Down village (The Times, 9 March 1859, p. 1). On 12 March 1859, Emma Darwin wrote to William: ‘I forget whether I told you of old M
rs Innes's sudden & easy death, without any illness. She was buried at Hythe.’ (DAR 210.6).
- f3 2232.f3Eliza Mary Innes, née Brodie, married John Innes in 1847.