From Emma Darwin to W. E. Darwin [17 May 1864]1
My dear Wm
Your father wishes the following observation to be made to you viz. that Meneanthes is now in flower & to be left to your comprehension—2 I send you some corn plaister you must put it on the right side— You will see it printed on the paper
What weather! How hot you must be—3 I took courage & send for the little horse but we have not tried her yet as our collars are not large enough. Yesterday I drove Aunt Eliz. in the pony carriage into Holwood & we walked about & any thing so charming as it looked & smelt.4
Edmund has given up all thoughts of George’s foreign tour. Are your plans any forwarder?5 We have cut down all that lump of shrubs at the back of the house to make the study lighter & it is such an improvement. We are levelling the turf & mean to keep it tidy now.
I gloat over the azalias but they pass dreadfully quick in this blazing sun. But every tree is a picture.
Mack. continues very much the same—6
Yours my dear old man—. E. D
CD says Meneanthes is now in flower.