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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-1412

To Emma Darwin   [23 April 1851]

[Malvern]

Wednesday

My dear dearest Emma

I pray God Fanny’s note may have prepared you. She went to her final sleep most tranquilly, most sweetly at 12 oclock today. Our poor dear dear child has had a very short life but I trust happy, & God only knows what miseries might have been in store for her. She expired without a sigh. How desolate it makes one to think of her frank cordial manners. I am so thankful for the daguerreotype.1 I cannot remember ever seeing the dear child naughty. God bless her. We must be more & more to each other my dear wife— Do what you can to bear up & think how invariably kind & tender you have been to her.— I am in bed not very well with my stomach. When I shall return I cannot yet say. My own poor dear dear wife.

C. Darwin

Footnotes

1
The daguerreotype, dated 1849, is at Down House. It is reproduced as the frontispiece to this volume.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1412
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Darwin, Emma
Sent from
Malvern
Source of text
DAR 210.13: 28
Physical description
3pp

Summary

Tells of Anne’s death.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1412,” accessed on 26 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1412

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