Letter from Richard Owen [Sir Richard Owen] to William Robinson

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Written from (Sheen Lodge, East Sheen, [Surrey] SW) [Owen’s round brackets]. Manuscript

First, as between Mediterranean and Egypt, Egypt is better for senile bronchite, such as his own; Egypt is hazardous for pthysical [tuberculous] or acute affections at earlier periods of life as it is too exciting; the ‘resident Cairene Drs’ concurred in this, and he saw an instance of its truth in the son of an RA whom he followed to his Egyptian grave; if Robinson goes to Cairo, the gardens of Kasr-el-Nil are worth a visit and he thinks there would be no difficulty of admission; the garden behind the Shepherd’s Hotel is average, and he recommends the Hotel du Nil, apart from its approach which is on a narrow street in the old town; the quietude and space of its garden provides a contrast with the crowded turmoil left behind; he came across a resident at Cairo at a station a few days since who congratulated himself on his escape from his charming residence outside Cairo; Robinson would see Alexandria and Cairo at an exciting time, but Owen would vote for Mentone or thereabouts