On the rental by the Darwins of a house at Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight.
My dear M
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 ab
To day is a great & busy day in this place yet I write
this word rather than delay y
Yours truly | Julia M. Cameron
Our Tenants bring their own Plate & Linen
- f1 6270.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. M. Cameron, 10 July 1868.
- f2 6270.f2The `Bromley people' have not been identified. The Darwin family spent from 17 July to 20 August at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight.
- f3 6270.f3CD's letter to Cameron has not been found.
- f4 6270.f4The 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.