Letter from G. Jekyll [Gertrude Jekyll] to William Robinson

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Written from Munstead, Godalming, [Surrey]. Manuscript

She is glad he is safe at home as they thought he was lost; next week is filled but perhaps he could come the following week; the farm is bounded by a trout stream and has oak and hazel copses, with fine views to the east and south; she doesn’t think he would like Gunnersbury though it has a 400 acre wood and Lord Onslow is offering it cheap; it is on bad clay and the only benefit of his going to see it would be to cure him forever of thinking of anything on that sort of soil; she will take him if he wants to see it but she would begrudge spending a good day on it; it is close to Baynards which they consider the ‘abomination of desolation’; there are no daffodils from Barr nor delphiniums from anywhere but their places are ready; no one of any gardening importance has seen the alpine garden but those she has told about it are keen to, for example Mr Ewbank; his garden is interesting by way of plants but not as a garden

Dated Friday [c.1883; Robinson was looking to buy a home outside London from 1883; he travelled abroad in 1883. See ‘William Robinson 1838-1935’ / by Mea Allan]