Asks JL not to call as he has a "very old friend" [J. S. Henslow] coming to visit him.
Yesterday visited poultry show at Crystal Palace.
My dear Lubbock
I am going to do a most ungracious thing, viz to ask you not to call here on Thursday, for I heard yesterday that a very old friend is coming to spend the day here, & childish as it must seem to you, this is a very great exertion to me, & the last straw breaks the camel's back,—especially such a miserable worthless camel as I am.— I am sure I need not say how much pleasure a talk with you gives me whenever you have time & inclination to call.—
Forgive me | Dear Lubbock| Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
I did not write in answer about the Chinese fowls, as I thought I sh
I went yesterday to Crystal Palace for Poultry show, & returned rather soured in temper, as I saw nothing worth seeing in my line.—
- f1 2481.f1The dates of this and the letter to Lubbock on 12 [August 1857] are based on John Stevens Henslow's proposed trip to Down (see letter to Henslow, 10 August , n. 1).
- f2 2481.f2Henslow was the expected visitor (see letter to Henslow, 10 August , and letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 August ).
- f3 2481.f3Beginning in 1857, the Crystal Palace was the site of a twice yearly poultry show, the largest in the London area (Secord 1981, p. 171).