To George Howard Darwin and W. E. Darwin1 13 [November 1856]2
My dear Willy & Georgy.
I have thought that you would like to hear about poor Aunt Sarah’s funeral.3 Aunt Elizabeth, & Uncles, Jos, Harry, Frank, Hensleigh, & Allen all attended, so that we had the house quite full.4 The Funeral was at 3 olock, & Mr Lewis managed it all.5 We walked down to Petleys & there all put on black Cloaks & crape to our hats, & followed the Hearse, which was carried by six men; another six men changing half way.— At the Church Door Mr Innes came out to meet the Hearse.6 Then it was carried into the Church & a short service was read. Then we all went out, & stood uncovered round the grave whilst the Coffin was lowered, & then Mr. Innes finished the service, but he did not read this very impressive service well. Hemmings, Mrs. Moray & Martha attended & seemed to cry a good deal.—7 Then we all marched back to the House, Mr Lewis & his two sons carrying a sort of black standard before us; & we then went into the House & read Aunt Sarah’s will aloud. She desired her Funeral to be as quiet as possible, & that no tablet should be erected to her. She has left a great deal of money to very many Charities.—8
All the Uncles are gone away today. And I am going to London today, so cannot write anymore.9 Do you Georgy send this letter soon on to Willy. Hemmings & the maids will stay here about a month more I shd. think; so that you Georgy will see them again, but I fear Willy will not at present; but no doubt he will some time when visiting Barlaston.—10 They have behaved admirably toward Aunt Sarah; & she has left them a little money.—
My very dear Boys, Your affect. Father | C. Darwin
Describes the funeral of Aunt Sarah [Elizabeth Wedgwood].