To John Wickham Flower 23 March 1
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I shd. have answered your note sooner, but I have been laid up with the Influenza.— Many thanks for the fossils sent; they are not new species, but one seems from matrix to be from a new formation.— I thank you for your most generous offer of fossils for the Brit. Mus.2 I will show moderation in my selection: you can if you please leave the fossils at the Geolog. Soc. for I every now & then send there & pick up all parcels. Possibly I may be at the Anniversary tomorrow of Pal. Soc. & we perhaps may thus meet.—3
Very sincere thanks for your invitation to Park Hill;4 I should in truth much enjoy it, for in old days my greatest pleasure was the conversation of scientific men, but I find by dear-bought experience that I cannot visit anywhere, as the excitement invariably does me harm for days afterwards; therefore I in truth grieve to say I cannot accept your kindness.
My dear Sir | Believe me | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
Thanks JWF for [cirripede] fossils; one species seems from a new formation.
Regrets that his health makes it necessary to decline an invitation.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- John Wickham Flower
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
- Physical description