Thanks CD for telling her "such exact truth". She saw Thomas Carlyle at Keston – the country air has done him good – "he is half sorry to have been so unsociable on his first arrival".
Fairhill, | Tunbridge.
Dear Mr. Darwin
It was very good of you to write to me yesty. & I thank you much for telling me such exact truth. I was very much disappointed not to go to Down, but shd. have been in despair had I found myself arriving at an inconvenient moment. I must now defer my visit till November, for we go to the North early next week.
I went on to Keston to see Mr. Carlyle; the country air has done him great good & I want him to linger on at Keston till the fine weather leaves us. I suspect he is getting rather dull, & is half sorry to have been so unsociable to his neighbours on his first arrival!
I was in the New Forest the other day & saw some birch trees with bark exactly like that of the birch in Holwood which I remember hearing you speak of.
Believe me | dear Mr Darwin | Yrs very sincerely | M C Derby
I hope Mrs Darwin's headache has passed away