From H. W. Bates [17 April 1862]1
Gregory’s Hotel | Rupert Street [London]
My Dear Sir
I could not resist your invitation2 & the beautiful weather, although I had made other arrangements for Easter, intending to have a trip South about the middle of next week. Nothing could be more delightful to me than to visit you. I have arrived so far, en route, & intend to take an early train for Bromley tomorrow3 I see a train from Pimlico at 9.55— I will try that & arriving at Bromley I shall get a boy to carry my bag & walk to Down having a great desire to loiter about the Kentish lanes— the county is quite new to me
I have been very poorly lately & shall be poor company
Yours sincerely | H W Bates
Accepts CD’s invitation.