To John Stevens Henslow 25 January 
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Henslow
I received the day before yesterday the appendix to the allotment Report & I am glad to see how eminently successful your men have been.—1 I have not
written to you, as I thought it would only have troubled & I was very sure that you need not be told how sincerely & deeply I have sympathised with you,—to whom I shall ever owe so much.2 Those old days when I used as an undergraduate to be so much at your house were certainly amongst the most happy & best days which I have ever spent. Never shall I forget to end of my life the uniform & very great kindness of poor dear Mrs. Henslow to me.—3 I hope you are all well & that your health is pretty good: I have heard not a very good account of your appearance.—4 I beg you not to think of answering this note.
My dear friend & most kind old master | Believe me | Yours affectionately |Ch. Darwin
Mrs Henslow’s death stirs reminiscences of happier days.