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Letter 2232

Darwin, C. R. to Innes, J. B.

4 Mar [1859]

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    Much concerned by death of JBI's mother.

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Down.—

March 4th

Dear Innes

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 Mrs Innes has not suffered from the suddenness of the shock.

With our united sympathy, pray believe me, Dear Innes | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 2232.f1
    The 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.
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    f2 2232.f2
    Mary 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 Mr s Innes's sudden & easy death, without any illness. She was buried at Hythe.’ (DAR 210.6).
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    f3 2232.f3
    Eliza Mary Innes, née Brodie, married John Innes in 1847.
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