RECORD: Hawkshaw, John Clarke. 1882.04.24. Letter to Francis Darwin. CUL-DAR215.9e. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2021. RN1

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"Hawkshaw, John Clarke (Clarke), 1841-1921. Civil engineer. Eldest son of Sir John H. Brother of Mary H. 1865 Married Cicely Mary Wedgwood. 5 children; 1 Dorothy M 1866-1932 ED's diary "Cicely confined" on 31 Aug. 1866, 2 Katherine Anne 1868-1911?, 3 Oliver H 1869-1949, 4 Cicely F 1871-1925, 5 Mildred C 1875-1927. 1870 June 18, H visited the Darwins. 1872 Jul. 12, H and Cicely dined. ED was particularly close to Mildred.

Wedgwood, Cicely Mary, 1837-1917. 3d child of Francis and Frances Mosley. Emma Darwin reads "Cicely". Wedgwood, 1980 reads "Cecily". Visited Down regularly from 1850. 1865 Married John Clarke Hawkshaw. 1866 Aug. 31 ED wrote "Cicely confined", 1st child Dorothy M. 1867 W was in Cambridge when the Darwins were and they had tea. Remained close to ED with letters up to 1895." (Paul van Helvert & John van Wyhe, Darwin: A Companion, 2021)


[FD:] answered

25, Cornwall Gardens, S. W.

My dear Frank

I am sorry to trouble you at such a time but Cicely would much like to go with her father to your father's funeral and I suppose cannot do so without a special card. I need hardly say I should like


to go too besides my admiration and respect for your father which I shall with very many others I can never forget his kindness to me from the time when he sent me birds nests as a boy through this many years it has been my happiness to meet him. I can also feel the great loss he will be to you all and am truly sorry for you in your trouble.

Yours very truly

J. Clarke Hawkshaw

24 Ap. 1882

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