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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4968,” accessed on 22 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4968