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Letter 3599

Darwin, C. R. to Horner, Leonard

13 June [1862]

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    Sends condolences on death of LH's wife. Recalls many pleasant hours in Bedford Place. He and Emma thank LH for sending the memorial paper.


Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

June 13th

My dear Mr. Horner

I hope that you will forgive me troubling you with this note, but I wish to say how sincerely sorry we are at your great loss & at all the grief which you must have suffered. This event has recalled vividly to my mind the great kindness which I received, & the many pleasant hours which I have spent, in old days in Bedford Place. Emma desires me to thank you for having remembered us and sent her the Memorial paper; she feels that she has lost a most kind friend; and she most sincerely joins me in sympathising with you & all your family.

Pray believe me my dear M[r] Horner | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 3599.f1
    The year is established by reference to the death of Anne Susan Horner (see n. 2, below).
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    f2 3599.f2
    Horner's wife, Anne Susan Horner, died on 22 May 1862 (K. M. Lyell ed. 1890, 2: 352).
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    During the 1830s and 1840s, the Horners lived at 2 Bedford Place, London (see Correspondence vol. 2, letter from Leonard Horner, 7 April [1838], and Post Office London directory 1846, 1848). CD had visited the Horners as a bachelor; he and Emma lived in London from their marriage in 1839 until their removal to Down House in 1842 (see Correspondence vol. 2).
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