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Letter 5487

Darwin, C. R. to Blunt, Thomas

5 Apr [1867]

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    Congratulates TB on his son's success in scientific studies.

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    Susan Darwin's death [Oct 1866] has severed last ties of family with Shrewsbury.

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

April 5th

My dear Sir

I write merely a line to thank you for your kind note.— We knew that your partnership was dissolved, but added the name from habit.—

I most sincerely congratulate you on the success of your son in his scientific studies. Science runs in your blood.—

The loss of my poor sister, Susan, has been a great one to many; & now after so many years there is no longer any connection between our family & Shrewsbury.

With every good wish | Believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 5487.f1
    The year is established by the reference to Susan Elizabeth Darwin's death; see n. 4, below.
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    f2 5487.f2
    CD's letter to Blunt and Blunt's reply have not been found. Post Office directory entries suggest that the partnership of Blunt and Salter was dissolved sometime between 1863 and 1870; Blunt continued in business as a chemist with his son, Thomas Porter Blunt (Post Office directory of Gloucestershire, with Bath, Bristol, Herefordshire, and Shropshire 1863, 1870).
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    f3 5487.f3
    Thomas Porter Blunt took a first class degree in natural sciences at Oxford University in December 1864 (Oxford University calendar 1865).
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    f4 5487.f4
    Susan died in October 1866; she had lived at the Darwin family home, The Mount, in Shrewsbury. After her death, the house was sold. (See Correspondence vol. 14.)
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