From Julia Margaret Cameron [before 10 July 1868]1
My dear Mr. Darwin
My Bromley people rejoice for us in your coming to be our Neighbors & friends as we hope—2
A hurried answer I send to your note—3
We have in occasional use a person of the highest respectability & usefulness who acts as House Maid or House Keeper a general help— We give her a shilling a day & food— We could ask her to keep disengaged for you to try her if you want help— We have said nothing abt. our gardener our last Tenant Lady Manners paid 14/ a week to our gardener but if you like to have our gardener for half the time & pay 7/ we will pay the other 7/s thus yr. garden & lawn will be his care4
To day is a great & busy day in this place yet I write this word rather than delay yr. answer tho I was up till past midnight at work & still have much to do to be ready to open our first Reading Room at Fresh Water at 1 PM.
Yours truly | Julia M. Cameron
Our Tenants bring their own Plate & Linen
On the rental by the Darwins of a house at Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6270,” accessed on 18 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6270