To George Ransome1 27 [August 1849]2
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I am much obliged for your very kind note & invitation.3 To meet so many distinguished men is a very great temptation, but I am sorry to say that the state of my health, which requires great regularity in living, will prevent my having the pleasure of accepting your kindness.
With thanks | Pray believe me | Dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
I have written to Mr Maguire4 G. Ransome Esq
Regrets that state of his health prevents acceptance of invitation [to be present at inauguration of J. S. Henslow as President of Ipswich Museum in Dec 1850].