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Darwin Correspondence Project

To E. A. Darwin   [25 April 1851]

Down.

Friday

My dear Erasmus.

Will you be so kind as to get inserted as follows in Times & in any other one or two Papers of largest circulation. “At Malvern on the 23d inst; of Fever, Anne Elizabeth Darwin, aged ten years, eldest daughter of Charles Darwin Esq. of Down Kent.”—

I have no idea whether men who supply newspaper insert these, if so Swale1 I employ & wd. of course have written to him.—

I will pay for this & Electric Telegraph together.—

—Poor Emma is well bodily & very firm, but feels bitterly & God knows we can neither see on any side a gleam of comfort.—

Fannys sweetness, firmness, constancy & experience were of inexpressible comfort to me at Malvern, & to the last day of my life it will be a comfort to me to think of the tears she so tenderly wept over our poor dear child, when all was over.

My dear Erasmus | Yours affecty | C. Darwin

Footnotes

In 1851 the firm was known as Swale and Wilson, publishers, general stationers, and news-vendors, of 21 Great Russell Street, London (Post Office London directory 1851).

Bibliography

Post Office London directory: Post-Office annual directory. … A list of the principal merchants, traders of eminence, &c. in the cities of London and Westminster, the borough of Southwark, and parts adjacent … general and special information relating to the Post Office. Post Office London directory. London: His Majesty’s Postmaster-General [and others]. 1802–1967.

Summary

Writes about the death of Anne. Wishes EAD to insert an announcement of the death in the newspapers.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1416
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Sent from
Down
Source of text
V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 310)
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1416,” accessed on 14 November 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-1416.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5

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