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By H. E. Litchfield

This outstanding selection of inner most correspondence among Emma Darwin and participants of her family members, released in 1904, offers the reader with an stress-free and informative account of filthy rich middle-class lifestyles within the Victorian interval, in addition to an image of an a laugh, proficient, and being concerned girl. Emma Darwin (1808-1896) was once in particular remembered for her persistence and fortitude in facing her husband's long-term disease, which grew to become obvious presently after their marriage. In nursing and humouring Charles via his many ups and downs, she used to be a very important think about her husband's clinical accomplishments. She used to be liable for citing their huge relations, working their family, and webhosting visits from family members and scientists. This, the second one of 2 volumes edited via her daughter Henrietta, covers the interval from 1839 until eventually Emma's demise in 1896. The letters are organised chronologically, and the ebook contains pleasant illustrations from the kinfolk documents.

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At the station I met Sir F. Knowles, but was fortunate enough to get into a separate carriage from that chatterbox. In my carriage there was rather an elegant female, like a thin Lady Alderson, but so virtuous that I did not venture to open my mouth to her. She came with some female friend, also a lady, and talked at the door of the carriage 12 A Century of Family Letters in so loud a voice that we all listened with silent admiration. It was chiefly about family prayers, and how she always had them at half-past io not to keep the servants up.

Says she thinks she never saw a woman so fond of a baby as he is. I wish it had been a girl for I think Charlotte's gravity and want of looking at the hopeful side (just like my father) will make her too anxious about a boy. I often fret my soul about our little boy, which is a great waste of fretting, for I daresay he will be a very good boy, but all men go through an awful ordeal at school and college. It is only wonderful what good souls they turn out after all. At any rate I had better put off my fret for 10 or 15 years.

It is exactly as if half the town were dead and the other half in mourning. The evil they have done me individually, and after all one's patriotism, humanity, general good, &c, is nothing in comparison, is to up-root me from hence, and send me to Pescia, and I shudder to think how unhappy it will make me. My eye has rested so long with such intense admiration on these mountains and lake, they have become friends, family, and country to me. I have formed here valuable friendships, and from time to time I see my loved countrypeople and sometimes my family, in short, I have built here my poor little remnants of happiness and wish I may not break my heart in leaving.

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