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Letter 6270

Cameron, J. M. to Darwin, C. R.

[before 10 July 1868]

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    On the rental by the Darwins of a house at Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight.


My dear Mr. Darwin

My Bromley people rejoice for us in your coming to be our Neighbors & friends as we hope—

A hurried answer I send to your note—

We have in occasional use a person of the highest respectability & usefulness who acts as House Maid or House Keeper a general help— We give her a shilling a day & food— We could ask her to keep disengaged for you to try her if you want help— We have said nothing abt. our gardener  our last Tenant Lady Manners paid 14/ a week to our gardener but if you like to have our gardener for half the time & pay 7/ we will pay the other 7/s thus yr. garden & lawn will be his care

To day is a great & busy day in this place yet I write this word rather than delay yr. answer tho I was up till past midnight at work & still have much to do to be ready to open our first Reading Room at Fresh Water at 1 PM.

Yours truly | Julia M. Cameron

Our Tenants bring their own Plate & Linen

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    f1 6270.f1
    The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. M. Cameron, 10 July 1868.
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    The `Bromley people' have not been identified. The Darwin family spent from 17 July to 20 August at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight.
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    CD's letter to Cameron has not been found.
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    The maid has not been indentified. Cameron's gardener was Charles Gilbert (Julia Margeret Cameron Trust, Isle of Wight, personal communication). Lady Manners was probably Janetta Manners.
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