Declines his Lordship's invitation to dinner for reasons of health.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Lord
We are very much obliged for your Lordship's kind invitation to dinner on Saturday, but I am sorry to say that my health still prevents me going out to a distance in the evening;—and a very great loss it is to me in this instance.—
With our best thanks, I beg leave to remain | Your Lordships | Truly obliged | Charles Darwin
- f1 2897a.f1The recipient is inferred from the reference to `your Lordship'. Rolfe was created Baron Cranworth in 1850. He lived at Holwood House in Keston, Kent, a few miles from Down. See also Correspondence vol. 7, letter to R. M. Rolfe, 10 November .