RECORD: Forster, Laura May. 1885.11.30. [Recollections of Darwin.] CUL-DAR112.A48-A49 (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker 8.2008. RN1

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[in another handwriting] Miss L.M. Forster

146 King's Road

Nov.30th, 1885

My dear Frank
You proposed doing exactly what I should best like about my letters, & I feel implicit confidence in your discretion, so when the time comes do just as you like about showing me what you extract or not. I only feared you would think I had not taken trouble eno' to put what was available into shape, but I felt incompetent to do anything but write to you. There is one sentence I shd. like you to send to me and

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I will try to correct it. At this distance of time it is difficult to get every word right. I remember distinctly that your father in speaking of helping fellow creatures being the thing that was of the greatest importance in this world, began with an emphatic "Depend upon it," which I omitted, & I think the tone of the sentence was a little different. I remembered this on reading it over, but felt too tired to cast back in my mind to get it right, & thought I should have a chance later.


We are having a very pleasant time here and I think your mother will not find it dull. She is going with me to see my aunt D. Lever one day now, which she likes the thought of so much as my aunt does; they both remember their girl days so clearly & have hardly met since. My aunt is picking up a bit I am glad to say. I got to be on Sat. in spite of her being the other end of the town and the day raining, & found we had been out the day before & more the worse my cousin Sophy had been disappointed

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at the weakness for some days after her arrival, on her having been out, & keeping me for a longer talk than I meant was a good sign.
Here came Bessie with a letter about Maude which gives a more conscious account than we had realised from the telegrams. But it was written &c. so it is earlier than yest.'s telegram saying the fever was decreasing. I am so sorry for George & trust we shall have better news shortly. I think the quinine decreasing the [illeg] looks like cow fever rather than a hidden cause which they seem to fear.

Yours very sincerely,

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