CD's resort to [E. W. Lane's] water-cure.
Other family news.
at Miss Wedgwoods | Hartfield | Tonbridge Wells
Thanks for Coal-bill which I will pay as soon as I get home in about 10 days
time.— I am sincerely sorry to hear so poor an
account of M
We moved Etty here with much difficulty a fortnight ago, & she has improved
very little, but thank God she has improved a little. She now can generally sit up for
Our plans are utterly Uncertain; we hope to take Etty to sea, whenever she is strong enough; but where & when are both quite unknown to us.—
What a wandering life you have been leading!
We shall be very glad to see you at Down.— I enquired (not
alluding to you) about M
Farewell with our kind remembrances to M
I hope from your note that Johnny is tolerably well.—
- f1 2870.f1The bill probably related to the affairs of the Down Coal and Clothing Club, of which CD was treasurer.
- f2 2870.f2Eliza Mary Innes.
- f3 2870.f3Robert Ainslie, of Tromer Lodge, Down, had left the village in 1858 (see Correspondence vol. 7, letter to W. E. Darwin, 14 [May 1858]).
- f4 2870.f4Joseph Parslow was the Darwins' butler. CD possibly refers to William Baxter, the dispensing chemist in Bromley, Kent (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1859). Innes, the perpetual curate of Down, had been trying for a number of years to purchase or rent a house in Down (see J. R. Moore 1985, p. 469).
- f5 2870.f5John William Brodie Innes.