Accepts CD's invitation.
Gregory's Hotel | Rupert Street [London]
My Dear Sir
I could not resist your invitation & the beautiful weather, although I had made other arrangements for Easter, intending to have a trip South about the middle of next week. Nothing could be more delightful to me than to visit you. I have arrived so far, en route, & intend to take an early train for Bromley tomorrow I see a train from Pimlico at 9.55— I will try that & arriving at Bromley I shall get a boy to carry my bag & walk to Down having a great desire to loiter about the Kentish lanes— the county is quite new to me
I have been very poorly lately & shall be poor company
Yours sincerely | H W Bates
- f1 3511.f1The date is established by reference to Bates's visit to Down House from 18 to 21 April (see n. 3, below); the previous Thursday was 17 April 1862.
- f2 3511.f2See letter to H. W. Bates, 16 April .
- f3 3511.f3According to Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242), Bates arrived at Down House on 18 April 1862.