Is "astonished & deeply grieved" at loss [of AG's wife].
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E..
My dear D
I have just received your letter, & am astonished & deeply grieved at its contents. You have my most entire sympathy. Your words so full of tenderness & resignation brought tears into my eyes.
There is at present no comfort for you, & I can only wish you fortitude to bear the greatest loss, which a man can ever have to bear.—
I will write in few days & in the meantime I thank you for all your very kind assistance, so kindly rendered.—
Believe me, Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 6910.f1See letter from Albert Günther, 23 September 1869 and n. 7.