RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1893. [Purported quotation from a letter to Julia Margaret Cameron]. In H. H. H. Cameron. Alfred, Lord Tennyson and his friends. London: Fisher Unwin.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 12.2019. RN1

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This is somewhat reminiscent of a line from Emma Darwin to Frances Allen "We ended in a transport of affection with Mrs Cameron, Eras. calling over the stairs to her, 'You have left eight persons deeply in love with you.'" (August 1868) H. E. Litchfield ed., Emma Darwin (1915) 2: 222.

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I remember another letter, one from Mr. Charles Darwin, often quoted by Mrs. Cameron. He came to Freshwater with his family, and it was there that the photograph reproduced in this volume was taken. When Darwin wrote to Mrs. Cameron, warmly approving of the picture, he added "there are sixteen people in my house, and every one your friend." No one ever knew how to praise with more generous cordiality.


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