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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-2498

To W. E. Darwin   [14 October 1859]1

North House, Wells Terrace | Ilkley | Otley | Yorkshire

Friday

My dear William

On Monday they all come from Barlaston to the above address & I leave the Establishment.2 The House is at the foot of a rocky, turfy rather steep half- mountain. It would be nice with fine weather; but now looks dismal. There are nice excursions & fine walks for those that can walk. The Water Cure has done me much good; but I fell down on Sunday morning & sprained my ancle, & have not been able to walk since & this has greatly interfered with the treatment.

It is a curious life here: we sit down 60 or 70 to our meals, & in the evening, there is either singing, or acting (which they do capitally) or proverbs &c.— I have got amongst a nice set, & get on very comfortably & idly. The newspaper, a little novel-reading the Baths & loitering kills the day in a very wholesome manner. Did you ever hear of the American game of Billiards: 〈five lines excised 〉 There are some splendid players here who often make breaks of 20, 30, & 40. These good players never play anything but the American game.— I shall miss the Billiard Table when I leave here & go into our 〈    〉 House which is

Footnotes

1
The Friday before Emma Darwin and the younger children arrived in Ilkley (see n. 2, below).
2
Emma Darwin’s diary records that she went to the home of her brother Francis (Frank) Wedgwood in Barlaston, Staffordshire, before travelling to Ilkley on 17 October 1859. CD had taken a rented house in Wells Terrace to accommodate the family.

Summary

Discusses events at Ilkley.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2498
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Darwin, W. E.
Sent from
Ilkley
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 49

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2498,” accessed on 28 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2498

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