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Letter 4318

Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D.

[4 Oct 1863]

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    Condolences on death of JDH's daughter.


Malvern Wells2


My dear old Friend.

Your note is most pathetic   I understand well your words: `wherever I go, she is there''.— I am so deeply glad that she did not suffer so much, as I feared was inevitable. This was to us with poor Annie the one great comfort.— Trust to me that time will do wonders, & without causing forgetfuless of your darling.

I am very weak & can write little.— My nervous system has failed & I am kept going only by repeated doses of brandy; but I am certainly better, much, & sickness stopped.—

God Bless you my best of friends.— Yours affect | C. Darwin

P.S. | I must add that I shall be grateful for a line whenever you are inclined to write.

My head swims badly so no more.—

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    f1 4318.f1
    The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 1 October 1863. In 1863, 4 October was a Sunday.
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    f2 4318.f2
    CD was resident in Malvern Wells, Worcestershire, while undergoing treatment at James Smith Ayerst's hydropathic establishment (see `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II)).
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    f3 4318.f3
    Letter from J. D. Hooker, 1 October 1863. Hooker had written concerning the death of his six-year-old daughter, Maria Elizabeth Hooker.
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    f4 4318.f4
    Anne Elizabeth Darwin, the Darwins' eldest daughter, had died aged 10 in 1851 (see Correspondence vol. 5).
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