Emma recovering well from birth of third child, Mary Eleanor.
Sorry to hear Leonard Horner has been ill.
Has received high praise of Coral reefs from Lyell.
Down | Bromley | Kent
My dear M
I am very much obliged for your letter & most kind congratulations from yourself &
I am exceedingly sorry to hear that M
I never saw anything like poor Lonsdale's deep gratification at the present— My paper is full. Emma joins in warmest thanks to you & believe me, Yours truly obliged | C. Darwin
- f1 648.f1Refers to the birth of Mary Eleanor Darwin on 23 September.
- f2 648.f2Katharine Murray Horner, their daughter.
- f3 648.f3Refers to the controversial election of a successor to William Lonsdale as Curator of the Geological Society. However the election did not take place until December. See letters to Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842], and William Hallowes Miller, [16 October – 27 November 1842].
- f4 648.f4Lonsdale had retired from his position because of ill health. On this occasion his friends presented him with a silver cup and a subscription of £600 (Geikie 1875, 1: 372). According to his Account Book (Down House MS), CD contributed £10. CD evidently saw Lonsdale on Friday, 30 September (see letter to Charles Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842]).