To A. C. Ramsay 22 November 
Down Farnborough | Kent
I am extremely much obliged to you for writing, but I had heard the news from Lyell, in a letter full of grief, the day before.1 It is really under every point of view dreadful. What a loss to his singularly numerous friends & to Natural Science! The gaps left by the dead are generally soon, too soon, filled up; but this assuredly will not be the case with poor Forbes. His loss will be felt for long years. What attainments he united; & what a career cut short; I had forgotten till today how young he was.2 As for his poor wife I pity her from my soul; I have lost a child, & I can, therefore, in some degree realise what death in its worst form is.
Once again I thank you much for writing.— I heard, also, from Hooker in a letter full of deep grief.3
Yours very truly | C. Darwin
Grief at the death of Edward Forbes.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Ramsay, A. C.
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- Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1606,” accessed on 25 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1606