Inquires about the chances of meeting her when he goes to Ilkley for a cure.
Down, Bromley Kent
My dear Miss Butler
I wrote to Moor Park to enquire for your address, & was told that a letter
addressed to you at M
My object in troubling you with this note,—a trouble, which I hope & believe you will forgive—is to know whether there is any chance of your being at Ilkley in beginning of October. It would be rather terrible to go into the great place & not know a soul. But if you were there I should feel safe & home-like.— You see that all your former kindness makes me confident of receiving more kindness.
I hope that you are well & have had happy visits with your friends,
Pray believe me, my dear Miss Butler, with truth | Yours sincerely obliged | Charles Darwin
- f1 2489.f1Dated by CD's reference to visiting the hydropathic establishment in Ilkley, Yorkshire. He intended to go in October 1859 (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
- f2 2489.f2CD had met Mary Butler at the Moor Park hydropathic establishment. See letter to Mary Butler,20 February . Mary Butler did visit Ilkley (see n. 3, below).
- f3 2489.f3CD left for Ilkley, Yorkshire, on 2 October 1859 (‘Journal’; Appendix II). At first he stayed in the establishment, but later he rented a house on Wells Terrace, where the family joined him on 17 October (Emma Darwin 2: 172). At the end of October 1859, Emma Darwin wrote to William Erasmus Darwin: ‘Miss Butler your father's friend of Moor Park is gone which is a great loss to us as she is very pleasant & lively & kind’ (DAR 210.6).