From Emma Darwin to V. L. Isitt [before 17 September 1871]1
My dear Miss I.
I have received from my niece your letter to her (in which you say you wd like to undertake the situation of sec. to Mr D. your testimonials are most satisfactory & I will carefully return them to you—2
It is so very doubtful Mr Darwin being able to dictate to his own satisfaction or employ a sec. that I think the best plan would be if you wd come & spend a few days with us that you may judge you may see whether the whole thing & accommodations in the village wd suit you; & if so Mr D. wd be glad to make the experiment for about a month.3
If you will appoint the 1st day next week that will suit you we will meet you at W. Croydon Station at any hour of the afternoon that you will fix— Mr Darwin is so m. of an invalid that I will not ask you to spend the evening w. us but I hope you will
Feels it unlikely that CD could employ a secretary but he is prepared to experiment if Miss I. would care to come to Down for a period.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7410,” accessed on 21 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7410