Thinks J. D. Hooker and Asa Gray will not be able to visit Down until after the 12th.
My dear M
Thank you much for your two kind notes. I could not write yesterday, as I had to be in
town— I think Joseph & D
It is very kind of you to wish Harriet to go to Down, and I shall very gladly accept your invitation should you like to receive her at any time during her holiday—
I am sure she would greatly enjoy a little visit to you, & would delight in the pleasures of the country, as she has by no means outgrown a girl's fondness for animals of all sorts.
Willy looks pretty well, but we are charged to be extremely careful of him— his father has not yet decided what to do with him this winter—
Believe me | Yours affect