From Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood to Emma Darwin [30 March – 12 April 1868]1
good-tempered (though I have not seen it tried) & good-natured & free hearted—& I like her hearty admiration of people & books she likes—2 She is not at all afraid of admiring— I was rather surprised at her extreme delight in Adam Bede3 which we read aloud, & which I should hardly have thought a young person would have seen all the merit of. I am sorry to confess before Charles, that she finds Bates rather 〈du〉ll “She hoped it would be so much more about monkeys—”4 She & the nurse are noting about the tears— I saw them myself in the eyes on the 29—(it was born the 7th)5 & Lena saw them 2 days before but she is not sure they ran over.6 The nurse says she will observe the next baby too—7 The Christeng is to be at Easter— Chancllor Massingberd is coming to do it.8 Mr & Mrs M. & Alice9 are coming & I am happy to be out of the way—10 Charlotte Mildred is to be the name— I wish CL. did not hate Mrs Massingberd & L’s maid Young quite so m〈uch〉11 [This transcript has been corrected from that published in vol. 16 of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin.]
Observations on the first appearance of tears in a baby.
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5830,” accessed on 29 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5830