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.
My dear M
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
- f1 3599.f1The year is established by reference to the death of Anne Susan Horner (see n. 2, below).
- f2 3599.f2Horner's wife, Anne Susan Horner, died on 22 May 1862 (K. M. Lyell ed. 1890, 2: 352).
- f3 3599.f3During the 1830s and 1840s, the Horners lived at 2 Bedford Place, London (see Correspondence vol. 2, letter from Leonard Horner, 7 April , 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).