From Louisa Frances Kempson to Emma Darwin 20 June 1867
Plas Maur | Penmaenmawr | Conway
Thursday | 20 June 67.
My dear Aunt Emma
Will you please to tell Uncle Charles, that I have been making enquiries in my nursery about the tears. but I can only give him hearsay evidence as I cannot see so small a thing as a tear My nurse says that tears begin to stand in a baby’s eyes when they are a few weeks old, & that they begin to run down the cheeks at about six weeks. my baby is just 4 months & the tears run down her cheeks in a piteous manner when she crys, which I am happy to say is very seldom of course I need not say that there never was such a baby since the world began!1 but I have never seen such a happy good tempered little soul— the whole house is 〈2? pages missing〉
My private secretary is gone out boating so Amy fills his place.2
Relates some observations for CD on the crying of her infant daughter.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5572,” accessed on 20 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5572