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Laura Mary Forster


A life-long friend of Henrietta Emma Litchfield, whom she met while staying in Wales in 1865. An aunt of E. M. Forster. Made observations on harvester ants in Algiers for John Traherne Moggridge in 1872. Lent her house to the Darwins in 1879 so that CD could have a complete rest.


England & Wales, national probate calendar (index of wills and administrations), 1858–1966, 1973–95 (, accessed 10 December 2018)

L. M. Forster, ‘Journal’, f. 26 (King’s College Cambridge, PP/EMF/22 vol. 3/10)

Freeman 1978

letter to L. M. Forster, 25 June 1879

Moggridge 1873.


Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. Charles Darwin: a companion. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

Moggridge, John Traherne. 1873. Harvesting ants and trap-door spiders: notes and observations on their habits and dwellings. London: L. Reeve & Co.