From John Brodie Innes to Emma Darwin 16 January 1
Dear Mrs. Darwin,
Thanks for your information about the closing of the Bromley Savings bank.2 Mr. Darwin will be relieved of much labour which he has so kindly taken to assist the depositors.3
I send Johnny’s book and the order filled up.4 I suppose my signature as witness will do, as I am licensed by the Bishop to a mission at Milton Brodie, and a roving commission over the diocese of Moray.5
I wish you could give a better account of Mr Darwin than that he is much the same. You should bring him down to Forres for a hydropathic excursion as well as to see us.6 The building is nearly completed and certainly is very handsome and will be comfortable. The soil, water, land and sea views are all in its favour. Among other arrivals for it is an equatorial telescope by Dollond.7 Sir Alexanders home of the toads is close by and much other interest in the immediate neighbourhood.8 I hope you will come—
Johnny and I have had some capital skating and curling last week, this week we have had mild weather again—
With all our kindest regards to all your party | Believe me | Dear Mrs. Darwin | Yours faithfully | J Brodie Innes
Urges Emma to bring CD to hydropathic establishment at Forres.