On his deathbed her husband [Francis] expressed admiration for CD.
I had not intended so long a time should have elapsed since sorrow came upon me, without sending you the message my revered husband did, not more
than two days before he died & when he called me to his bed side & said,
``Mary, I wish if you have the opportunity you will let M
Will you present me very gratefully to M
I am | dear Sir | Yours with much respect | Mary Boott
- f1 4391.f1Mary Boott's husband, Francis Boott, died of a lung disease on 25 December 1863 (DNB).
- f2 4391.f2Joseph Dalton Hooker.
- f3 4391.f3CD referred to Emma Darwin's note in his letter to J. D. Hooker of [10 and 12 January 1864].
- f4 4391.f4See letter to J. D. Hooker, [10 and 12 January 1864] and n. 5, and letter from J. D. Hooker, [23 November 1864] and n. 14.