To W. D. Fox [6 October 1859]
Ilkley Wells House | Otley Yorkshire
My dear Fox
I am in the establishment & have a sitting room & bedroom.—1 I came only on Tuesday, & your note has just reached me.— I always hate everything new & perhaps it is only this that makes me at present detest the whole place & ev- erybody except one kind lady here, whom I knew at Moor Park.—2 It would be excessively nice if you were to come here for a time. Dr Smith, I think, is sensible, but he is a Homœopathist!! & as far as I can judge does not personally look much after patients or anything else.—3 There is capital steward & the House seems well managed.
I came here intending to stay for 3 or 4 weeks, but I very much doubt whether I shall have patience.— But this mornings post has brought me note from Emma telling me to look out for for a House, as she is greatly inclined to come here.4 But I have not least idea whether there is a House which would suit or how I could do my water-cure out of Establishment.— So everything is utterly uncertain. I heartily wish you would come, but I darenot not advise or press it.
Most affecly yours | C. Darwin
I grieve to hear or rather to infer that you must be considerably worse: I hope that you will come here or at least somewhere
First impressions of the water-cure establishment are not favourable – "I always hate everything new".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2502,” accessed on 23 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2502