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Letter 3511

Bates, H. W. to Darwin, C. R.

[17 Apr 1862]

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    Accepts CD's invitation.


Gregory's Hotel | Rupert Street [London]

Thursday evening

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

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    f1 3511.f1
    The 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.
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    f2 3511.f2
    See letter to H. W. Bates, 16 April [1862].
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    f3 3511.f3
    According to Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242), Bates arrived at Down House on 18 April 1862.
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