To Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood 18 [August 1854]1
My dear Fanny
We are infinitely obliged to you, after all your fatigue, writing to us about poor dear old Erasmus’ illness.— We had heard nothing of it. As he seemed somewhat better when you wrote, I will not doubt that the worst is over, for I think a Fever hardly ever lulls when it once begins. But it must pull him down terribly, weak as he always is.— I shd. very much like to hear pretty soon ever so briefly. I daresay Caroline or Jos. would find time to write a line.— You must all have been very much frightened.2
Good bye my dear Fanny, how many you have aided in illness. I shall never forget the comfort you were once to me, My dear Fanny.—3
Thanks for writing about E. A. Darwin’s illness. Will never forget the comfort she was [when Anne Darwin died, 1851].