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Letter 4309

Hooker, J. D. to Darwin, C. R.

[28 Sept 1863]

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    Grieves over the death of his second daughter [Maria Elizabeth].


Dear dear friend

My darling little 2d. girl died here an hour ago, & I think of you more in my grief, than of any other friend. Some obstruction of the bowels carried her off after a few hours alarming illness—with all the symptoms of strangulated Hernia.

Your affectionate | J D Hooker

Kew Monday.

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    f1 4309.f1
    The date is established by the reference to the death of Maria Elizabeth Hooker (see n. 2, below).
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    f2 4309.f2
    Maria, the Hookers' second daughter, died on 28 September 1863, aged 6 (L. Huxley ed. 1918, 2: 61). Hooker's reaction to her death is discussed in Jalland 1996, pp. 350--1.
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    f3 4309.f3
    Hooker apparently refers to CD's extreme grief following the death in 1851 of his eldest daughter, Anne Elizabeth (Annie), at the age of 10 (see Correspondence vol. 5).
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