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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-2015

To Harriet Lubbock   [8 December 1856]1

Down.

Monday

Dear Lady Lubbock

I thank you cordially for your very great kindness in thinking of us, & being willing to take so much trouble to keep the house quiet. But Mrs Darwin is going on perfectly well, & as Etty2 is not well, & Miss Thorley3 not with us, we think we had had better keep our little Boys at home, & we shall be able to get on perfectly well with them in the house.—

My wife desires me to give you her kindest thanks.— We have now half-a dozen Boys, which seems perfectly awful to me, but will seem less dreadful to you.—4 Permit me again to say how very sincerely I thank you for your great kindness, & believe me dear Lady Lubbock | Your Ladyship’s | Most truly obliged | Charles Darwin

Footnotes

1
The first Monday after the birth of Charles Waring Darwin.
2
Henrietta Emma Darwin.
3
Miss Thorley was the governess of the Darwin children until 6 January 1857 (Emma Darwin’s diary). Miss Pugh took her place in April 1857.
4
The Lubbocks had eight sons and three daughters.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2015
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Lubbock, Harriet
Sent from
Down
Physical description
3pp

Summary

Thanks her for kindness. Announces, "We have now half-a-dozen Boys" [Charles Waring Darwin, born 6 Dec].

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2015,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2015

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