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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Emma Darwin to J. D. Hooker   [20 April 1882]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.


My dear Sir Joseph—

Our hopes proved fallacious & on Tuesday night an attack of pain came on accompanied with fainting— It was a terrible time till all was over (about 15 hrs) but the faintness & sickness & exhaustion were worse than the pain, which I hope were never very violent.

He loved you more than any one out of his own family & I am sure you returned his affection—

I cannot realize what life will be without him but I do feel through it all that with my children it is worth having.

I have been prepared in some degree these 2 months, & his remaining so weak was very discouraging—

Pray give my love to your dear wife2 & believe me affectionately yours | E. Darwin


The date is established by the reference to CD’s death on Wednesday 19 April 1882.


Informs JDH of CD’s death.

Letter details

Letter no.
Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (JDH/2/1/6)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13769F,” accessed on 18 May 2024,