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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 Parker/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 26 May 2020,

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