Letter from the naturalist Charles Waterton in reply to an unknown acquaintance requesting a visit.
Dec 6th 1848
My dear Sir
Pray do come. - We shall be most happy to see you. - The rail brings you to Wakefield where you will get a four shilling fly at Parker's Railway Hotel. It is only about three minute walk from the Station House. You will come in nicely for our six o clock tea. We invariably dine at one. -
You need not bring a walking stick with you. Your old one, which you said you had bought in Huddersfield, the last time you favored us with your company, was hung on a nail in my room, the day you left; - and there it has been ever since: - awaiting your return. - The Ladies send their kind remembrance. There is no station nearer to us than that of Wakefield, saving the Oakenshaw Station, which suits passengers coming to us , from the north and south. - But, those from the west, must absolutely stop at Wakefield. Time and money would be lost in going to Oakenshaw.
Believe me, my dear Sir
Ever sincerely yours
Charles Waterton (1782-1865) was an English naturalist and explorer.
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