Accepts invitation for the 20th.
Down Farnborough Kent
Dear Sir Roderick Murchison
I am very much obliged to you for having thought of me in this out of the way place,
& for your kind invitation for the 20
With many thanks (& for your Card for the 9
- f1 13831.f1The date is conjectured from CD's reference to an invitation for the ‘20th’. Murchison had invited a number of geologists and naturalists to ‘eat whitebait with me at Greenwich on Wednesday the 20th’ to celebrate his appointment as director of the Geological Survey (Geikie ed. 1875, 2: 192). The first such day after Murchison's appointment in May 1855 was Wednesday, 20 June. The Post Office directory of the six home counties 1855, lists no Trafalgar Hotel in Greenwich but has a Trafalgar Tavern in Park Row. The Trafalgar Tavern was the traditional location for ‘whitebait dinners’ and much used by naval officers.
- f2 13831.f2CD probably attended the dinner (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 23 [June 1855]).
- f3 13831.f3According to Geikie ed. 1875, 2: 192, Murchison held several soirées during May and June, described as ‘bow, tea, negus, ice, and turnouts’.