Wants to know when he may visit CD.
White Hart Hotel, | Bromley, Kent.
March 27/63— | 4
My dear Sir,
Thus far on a flying visit to you; but I find that I cannot accomplish this today, as I
am engaged to dine at the United University Club, Pall Mall, at 7 p.m. I had no
idea that your residence is so far from Bromley. I reached
London on the evening of the 9
Trusting that your health is better than it was, I remain | Yours ever Sincerely, | E. Blyth—
- f1 4062.f1Down House was about six miles south of Bromley railway station (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1862).
- f2 4062.f2Albert Edward, prince of Wales, married Alexandra, eldest daughter of Prince Christian of Denmark, on 10 March 1863 (DNB). Blyth, who had been curator of the museum of the Asiatic Society of Bengal since 1841, was forced to leave Calcutta for England at the end of 1862 as a consequence of ill health (see Blyth 1875, p. xii, and Correspondence vol. 10, letter from Edward Blyth, 23 November 1862). During the 1850s, Blyth had become one of CD's most important correspondents, providing him with a vast amount of information on the plants and animals of India (see Correspondence vols. 5--7).
- f3 4062.f3Blyth had relations in Sussex, whom he visited in April 1863 (see letter from Edward Blyth, 7 April 1863 and n. 1). Later in the year, he visited Charles Edward Rendall of Brigmerston House, near Amesbury, Wiltshire (see the Field 21 (1863): 464 and Post Office directory of Hampshire, Dorsetshire, and Wiltshire 1859).
- f4 4062.f4There is no evidence that Blyth visited CD at Down during 1863.