From J. M. Cameron 10 July 1868
Fresh Water Bay. | Isle of Wight
July 10th. 68
My Dear Mr. Darwin
I observe with some shame that I forgot to answer one question in your note1 I answered by return Post in a tremendous hurry, because yr. letter arrived on the day of the opening of our Fresh Water Reading Room & as I had under taken the establishing of the Room I could not let it fail for want of every moment I could give to it— hence the hurry & I am sure you will excuse it
We shall be delighted that you should extend your stay here a week— We must only ask you as soon as you can decide this point to let us know because in the season months there is such a demand at Fresh Water for the few Houses that are at all comfortable & good that I am sure you would not like us for the sake of one uncertain week to lose a Tenant for one or two months if offered. Still less should we like to hurry or anticipate your departure by a day—
We only ask to know, as soon as your experience of the place enables you to decide also on what day would you like the Inventory taken our day will be yr. day—whenever you appoint a person & time—
We are looking forward with pleasure to your coming & Fresh Water is wearing all its smiles this year—but the emerald green of the Island is getting brown, burnt up with the sun.
Your’s truly | Julia Margaret Cameron
July 10th. 1868
Fresh Water Bay | Isle of Wight—
More on the rental by the Darwins of a house at Freshwater Bay.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6271,” accessed on 22 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6271