Discusses installation of watering system. Sent question to Gardeners' Chronicle but, through EC's kindness, superfluously.
Down, Farnborough, Kent,
My dear Sir,
I am uncommonly much obliged to you for your note which has been of the greatest use to
me. From what you say, I will try the siphon plan, with 1
I am also very grateful for suggestion about the 9 inch ribs of Brickwork which shall be done. In your section, I see that the extra and upper half-brick work does not bond with the lower half-brick, and I suppose this is intentional, for Mr. Lastell told me before, that in strengthening a dome all over, the upper course was only cemented on the lower, not bonded into it. If I understand your section wrong, perhaps you will send me a line: if I do not hear, I shall understand that I am right.
The only point on which I am doubtful is the kind of hose: it will be seldom used, and
I will call on Burgess & Key and see what they say
about their canvas hose coated & lined for the douche, and
used for watering gardens with pure water or liquid manure. This is only 9d per foot, 1
I hope sometime in the course of the summer (part of which however we shall be away) to persuade you to pay me a visit for a day or two.
With very many thanks for your valuable advice, | Sincerely yours, | C. Darwin.
At the same time I wrote to you I sent the same question to the Gardeners' Chronicle but it now turns out through your kindness quite superfluously.
- f1 1677.f1This and the letter to Edward Cresy, 15 May , are dated by their relationship to CD's letter to the Gardeners' Chronicle, [c. 27 April 1853].
- f2 1677.f2After taking the water-cure at James Manby Gully's hydropathic establishment in Malvern in 1849, CD had a douche erected at Down House to enable him to continue the cold-water treatment at home (see Correspondence vol. 4, letters to Susan Darwin, [19 March 1849], and to W. D. Fox, 4 September , n. 2).
- f3 1677.f3The copy has ‘Lastell’, which is changed to ‘Laslet’ in the margin. The correct spelling is ‘Laslett’. Isaac Laslett was the local bricklayer and builder frequently employed by CD.
- f4 1677.f4Burgess & Key, patent agents of 103 Newgate Street, London (Post Office London directory 1853).
- f5 1677.f5The Darwins took a house in Eastbourne, Sussex, from 14 July to 4 August (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 5, Appendix I).
- f6 1677.f6See letter to Gardeners' Chronicle, [c. 27 April 1853]. The letter to Cresy of the same date has not been located.