To J. D. Hooker [4 October 1863]1
My dear old Friend.
Your note is most pathetic3 I understand well your words: ‘wherever I go, she is there”.— I am so deeply glad that she did not suffer so much, as I feared was inevitable. This was to us with poor Annie the one great comfort.—4 Trust to me that time will do wonders, & without causing forgetfuless of your darling.
I am very weak & can write little.— My nervous system has failed & I am kept going only by repeated doses of brandy; but I am certainly better, much, & sickness stopped.—
God Bless you my best of friends.— Yours affect | C. Darwin
P.S. | I must add that I shall be grateful for a line whenever you are inclined to write.
My head swims badly so no more.—
Condolences on death of JDH’s daughter.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4318,” accessed on 18 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4318