To Elizabeth Drysdale [22 or 29 October 1859]1
Wells Terrace | Ilkley Otley | Yorkshire
My dear Lady Drysdale
I am extremely much obliged for your kindness about the Hornet’s combs.2 Will you be so good as to send them packed in a little Box with cotton-wool (in 3 or 4 weeks’ time) per Railway addressed as follows—
care of G. Snow
I staid in the establishment for a fortnight and then took a House and all my family are here.4 We shall stay for 4 or 5 weeks more, so that I may give the treatment a fair trial. Please tell Dr Lane5 that it has done me much good, though I was unfortunate in spraining my ancle,6 which has been followed by a violent [at least one page missing]
[Moor] Park7 would spoil one for almost any place. We thank you very truly for your kind invitation; but our plans are necessarily at present very uncertain depending on how long we stay here.—8
I heartily wish I could hear of Dr. Lane being fixed to his satisfaction.9 It is wonderful how these northern Establishments seem to answer.—
My wife begs to send her very kind remembrances to yourself & all your party, & pray believe me | Dear Lady Drysda〈le〉 | Yours sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin
I began by accident this with one sheet slipped into another.—10
Declines an invitation to visit [Moor] Park.
He hopes that Dr Lane is arranging things to his satisfaction.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2498A,” accessed on 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2498A