Will not be able to attend the proposed conference and feels no benefit will arise from it.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.)
December 18th 1880
The state of my health will not allow me to attend the meeting at Lambeth Palace, though I should feel it an honour to meet there so many distinguished men.f1 It would, however, not be sincere on my part to assign want of strength as the sole reason for not attending, in as much as I can see no prospect of any benefit arising from the proposed conference.
I beg leave to remain, Sir, | Your obedient servant | Charles Darwin