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From J. B. Innes   29 November 1880

Milton Brodie | Forres—

29 Novr. 1880—

Dear Mr. Darwin,

I heard from Hoole on Saturday, and as Downe gossip he says he understands Tromer Lodge is to be sold. If this is true, and if the land on the West side of the road is to be sold apart from the house I should be glad to have the offer of it, as at some future time it may be an advantage to the Parsonage.1 Probably neither of these ifs may prove realities.

You will be glad to hear that Mrs. Hoole continues to improve.2 She gets out a good deal every day in spite of cold weather, takes, for her, quite long walks, & seems to be making a new start.

In our, usually mild, country we have had an unusually early frost. I got my ice house filled on the 23d. The earliest date in any former year was the 6th. Decr. Since the 23rd there has been no frost, a furious Gale of wind on Friday.

With my wife’s3 kindest regards, love to Mrs. Darwin, Believe me | Faithfully Yours | J Brodie Innes


Stanley Hoole lived at Downe Lodge. Tromer Lodge, Down, was vacant after the death of Elizabeth Wedgwood on 8 November 1880 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)). Innes had considered buying the house in 1860, when he was perpetual curate of Down; see Correspondence vol. 8, letter to John Innes, 18 July [1860]. It was renamed ‘Tower House’ and advertised for sale in The Times, 4 June 1881, p. 15, and sold on 13 August 1881; the amount of land being sold with the house was much reduced from when the estate was sold to Elizabeth Wedgwood in 1862. See also letter from O. A. Ainslie, 23 November 1880.
Innes’s niece, Alice Mary Hoole.


Has heard that land may be available for parsonage at Down.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Brodie Innes
Charles Robert Darwin
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Milton Brodie
Source of text
DAR 167: 38
Physical description
ALS 4pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12874,” accessed on 13 September 2023,