Arranges for EH’s visit to Down.
Dear Professor Häckel
I am writing by my husband’s desire to say how very glad we shall be to see you on whatever day suits you best—f2
If you are not able to spend the night here I would advise you to come by the 11·35 train from Charing Cross to Orpington which will bring you here in time for luncheon.f3 If you can spare the time to sleep here I wd advise the 4·12 or 5·2 trains, by which means Mr Darwin wd be able to enjoy a conversation with you before dinner as well as after & see some thing of you the next morning. I hope you will let us know the day & hour that we may send to Orpington to meet you—
My husband begs me to tell you again what pleasure it will give him to see you—
very sincerely yours | Emma Darwin