From Edward Cresy 29 July 1864
29 July ’64.
My dear Sir,
A body of English mortgagees have requested me to examine and report on a line of railway in New Brunswick1 and I avail myself of the chance of profitably occupying my vacation— It is possible that in pushing my enquiries I may have to go to Boston & if so I should feel very much obliged if you would give me a note to Asa Gray whom I should like to know—2
I am afraid you are not likely to have any scientific correspondents at Halifax, Windsor, St John’s or St Andrews—which is my line of route— If I can spare the time & money I shall return via Niagara & New York, but that depends on the result of my enquiries in New Brunswick—& how far I have to travel right & left of my line— I am told the Boston men have projected a line to join ours which would make it a valuable property— at present it is a damnosa hereditas3 to my clients—
I went to the Linnæan to hear your paper & was sorry to learn you were still confined to your room—4 If I had felt sure of having the pleasure of seeing you I should have called in lieu of writing— I hope you are now able to give a better account of yourself.
Pray make our kindest remembrances to Mrs Darwin & yr daughter who is I hope quite florishing—5 I should tell you I leave town on Friday night & sail from Liverpool on Saturday morning—
Yours very truly | E Cresy
C Darwin Esq.
Requests letter of introduction to Asa Gray.
Went to Linnean Society to hear CD’s Lythrum paper read [Collected papers 2: 106–31].