From Cicely Mary Hawkshaw to Emma Darwin 9 February 1
Hollycombe. | Liphook. | Hants.
Dear Aunt Emma
I am afraid it is too late to notice about the baby’s tears with any accuracy for I have repeatedly seen her eyes full of tears already but can give no nearer date than that I must have seen them so before she was 3 weeks old; about the tears overflowing onto her cheeks I can observe as I have never seen it happen yet, indeed it hardly happens in what one may call babydom does it?2
We are having such a nice holiday here and as all the tiresome shooting is over I have Clarke to myself and we ride and walk about and don’t feel such strangers to the place as we did and the idle thoughtless life is doing Clarke good I am thankful to say.3
Believe me dear Aunt Emma | Your affecte niece | Cicely M Hawkshaw
Too late to observe baby’s tears.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5855,” accessed on 27 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5855