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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Henry Johnson   25 April [1871?]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

April 25

Dear Johnson

I am very sorry to hear of the death of your daughter:2 I know from old experience how bitter a loss it is & how irreparable it long appears.—3 Many thanks for your kindness in writing to me about the intelligence of your Dog: I have myself seen closely analogous behaviour.—

With my best wishes for your restored peace of mind | Pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is conjectured from the reference to Laura Johnson’s death (see n. 2, below).
CD probably refers to Laura Johnson. Henry Johnson was an old Shropshire friend of CD; no letter from Henry Johnson has been found. Laura Johnson died in 1871 (BMD (Death index).)
CD refers to the death of his own daughter, Anne Elizabeth Darwin, in 1851 (see Correspondence vol. 5).


Condolence on death of HJ’s daughter; "I know from old experience how bitter a loss it is".

Thanks for information about intelligence of dog.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Johnson
Sent from
Source of text
Sotheby’s (24 June 1975)
Physical description
* 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7718,” accessed on 24 February 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19