From Emily Catherine Langton to Emma and Charles Darwin [6 and 7? January 1866]1
Dearest Emma & Charles
I am so rapidly weaker I can lose no time in sending you all & Elizabeth my dearest farewell.2 It is grievous to think I shall never see any of your dear faces. On New Year’s day I knew this, and what a different world it seems to me.
What I want to say is that poor Susan feels my loss so cruelly—3 I left off this last night as I was too exhausted to go on—
I am grieved indeed at poor Susan’s loneliness, but there seems no help.
My dearest husband will feel my loss too; what a nurse he is, if he was not deaf—4
Every body’s love & goodness to me are past speech—
May God bless you all & may we meet hereafter.
CL is aware that she is dying and so says her farewells.