From Henrietta Anne Huxley to Emma Darwin 22 March 1
26 Abbey Place | S’John’s Wood
Dear Mrs Darwin
Yet another query about bedsteads & bedding— Will it not be more convenient to have no foot board or foot rails to the bedstead if it has a somnier portatif2 two mattresses— Surely the bed is more easily made & looks better— which have you?— Am I a plague?
I have just got a new nurse—& today she has refused to wheel the perambulator—3 Is it not provoking. I have not yet got an under nurse—
Baby has not solved the riddle for Mr Darwin but thus much I noted the other morning when I entered the nursery— She was anxious to come to me yet did not cry only pushed away her nurse— At the same time the corner of her right eyebrow was very elevated.—but there was no drawing down of her mouth corners—4 Is this observation good for anything?
I am very glad that Horace is better—5 it is so sad to have one’s children ill— It is hard—writing with Baby upon one’s lap—& I had better end
With love to all | I am | Yours very affectionately | Nettie Huxley
Observed expression in her baby for CD.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6039,” accessed on 30 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6039
Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18 (Supplement)