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From M. S. Owen   7 February [1870]1

Astley Shrewsbury

Feb 7th.

My dear Uncle Charles—

Many thanks for your kind letter & we are very much obliged to you for consenting to be god father— I never thought at all of asking you to stand in person, as I knew that was impossible any how—2

The little lady has been christened now & we have called her Maud as being a short & not very common name— When one meets with a refusal about the sponsorship, it makes one hesitate about asking others, though I suppose Sponsors are necessary..

With love to yourself & Aunt Emma | Believe me | Yr. affcate. niece | M. M Owen.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from M. S. Owen, 2 February [1870].
See letter from M. S. Owen, 2 February [1870]. CD’s letter to Owen has not been found.


CD’s goddaughter, Maud, has been christened.

Letter details

Letter no.
Mary Susan Mostyn Owen
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Astley, Shrewsbury
Source of text
DAR 173: 46
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7098,” accessed on 21 May 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18