Charles Darwin had the strongest feeling love and respect his father's memory. His recollection everything that was connected him was peculiarly distinct, and he spoke him frequently, generally prefacing an anecdote some such phrase as, My father, who was the wisest man I ever knew,". It was astonishing how clearly he remembered his father's opinions, so that he was able quote some maxim or hint his many cases illness. As a rule he put small faith doctors, and thus his unlimited belief Dr. Darwin's medical instinct and methods treatment was all the more striking.

His reverence him was boundless, and most touching. He would have wished judge everything else the world dispassionately, anything his father had said was received almost implicit faith. His daughter, Mrs. Litchfield, remembers him saying that he hoped none his sons would ever believe anything because he said it, unless they were themselves convinced its trutha feeling striking contrast his own manner faith.

A visit which Charles Darwin made Shrewsbury 1869 left the mind the daughter who accompanied him a strong impression his love his old home. The tenant the Mount the time, showed them the house, and mistaken hospitality remained the party the whole visit. As they were leaving, Charles Darwin said, a pathetic look regret, If I could have been left alone that greenhouse five minutes, I know I should have been able see my father his wheelchair as vividly as if he had been there me."

Perhaps this incident shows what I think is the truth, that the memory his father he loved the best, was that him as an old man. Mrs. Litchfield has noted a few words which illustrate well his feeling towards his father. She describes him as saying the most tender respect, I think my father was a little unjust me when I was young; afterwards, I am thankful think I became a prime favourite him." She has a vivid recollection the expression happy reverie that accompanied these words, as if he were reviewing the whole relation, and the remembrance left a deep sense peace and gratitude.


The elder son, Erasmus, was born 1804, and died unmarried the age seventy-seven-. His name, not known the general public, may be remembered a few words description occurring Carlyle's Reminiscences (vol. ii. p. 208). A truer and more sympathetic sketch his character, his cousin. Miss Julia Wedgwood, was published the Spectator, September 3, 1881.

There was something pathetic Charles Darwin's affection his brother Erasmus, as if he always recollected his solitary life, and the touching patience and sweetness his nature. He often spoke him as Poor old Ras," or Poor dear old Philos." I imagine Philos (Philosopher) was a relic the days when they worked chemistry the tool-house Shrewsburya time which he always preserved a pleasant memory. Erasmus was rather more than four years older than Charles Darwin, so that they were not long together Cambridge, previously Edinburgh they shared the same lodgings, and the Voyage they lived a time together Erasmus' house Great Marlborough Street. later years Erasmus Darwin came occasionally, or joined his brother's family a summer holiday. gradually it came that he could not, ill health, make his mind leave London, and thus they only saw each other when Charles Darwin went a week a time his brother's house Queen Anne Street.

This brief sketch the family which Charles Darwin belonged may perhaps suffice introduce the reader the autobiographical chapter which follows.



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