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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-2174

To J. D. Hooker  21 November [1857]1

Down Bromley Kent

Nov. 21st

My dear Hooker

I was most sincerely sorry to receive your little note, saying how dangerously ill Mrs Henslow was.2 I am sure Mrs Hooker & all at Hitcham have my most sincere sympathy. If the worst does happen & you make any stay at Hitcham do just say to my dear & most kind friend, Henslow, how truly I feel for his sorrow. I will not trouble him with writing to him.— To the last day of my life I shall feel under what deep obligations I lie to Henslow & Mrs Henslow for their extraordinary kindness to me at Cambridge. How many pleasant little dinners I have had with them; & how invariably kind poor Mrs Henslow was to me.3 I do hope she has not suffered much. They were like the nearest & most affectionate relations to me.—

My dear Hooker | Yours affectionately | C. Darwin

I shd like much to have ever so short a scrap to tell me how Henslow is.—

Footnotes

1
Dated by the reference to the illness of Harriet Henslow (see n. 2, below).
2
Harriet Henslow, wife of John Stevens Henslow and Hooker’s mother-in-law, died on 20 November 1857 (Gentleman’s Magazine n.s. 4 (1858) 1: 113).
3
During his undergraduate days at Cambridge, CD was frequently invited to the Henslows’ home. See Correspondence vol. 1.

Summary

Mrs J. S. Henslow’s illness.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2174
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Hooker, J. D.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 114: 213
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2174,” accessed on 26 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2174

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