Thanks for sending his "magnificent book" [Discoveries in Australia (1846)].
Asks JLS to visit Down on "Saturday the 16th" and Sunday. He has also invited Forbes, Falconer, Hooker and Waterhouse. [See 1036.]
Down Farnborough | Kent
Your magnificent books arrived quite safely yesterday.—
You once gave me hopes of seeing you here. I have asked some of our mutual friends here
on Saturday the 16
I expect Hooker & Waterhouse here.
Very truly Yours | C. Darwin
- f1 1050a.f1The year is established by the reference to Stokes's publication (Stokes 1846) and by the invitation to visit Down House on 16 January; see n. 3 below.
- f2 1050a.f2CD refers to the two volumes of Stokes 1846. The volumes are not in the Darwin Library--CUL or the Darwin Library--Down. See also Correspondence vol. 3, letter to J. L. Stokes, [c. 26 November 1846] and n. 2.
- f3 1050a.f3Joseph Dalton Hooker was also invited for Saturday 16 January 1847, and Charles and Mary Lyell may have come the same day or shortly after; other guests, `the old set', were evidently invited for the Sunday (Correspondence vol. 3, letter to J. D. Hooker, [December 1846 -- January 1847], and Correspondence vol. 4, letter to Charles Lyell, [23 January 1847]).
- f4 1050a.f4Hugh Falconer and Edward Forbes.
- f5 1050a.f5Sydenham was on the South-eastern line. The Railway Chronicle travelling chart, circa 1846, comments that the South-eastern line, `instead of pursuing the old coach-road, through Rochester and Canterbury, as was proposed, was compelled by the benighted, and now repentant, opposition of the inhabitants of North Kent to take a circuitous route through the Weald of Kent'. Eheu: `Alas!' (ancient Greek).
- f6 1050a.f6George Robert Waterhouse.