To John Lubbock 12 [August 1857]1
I should like you very much to meet my best of old friends, Prof. Henslow & I have been thinking that perhaps you would come & dine here (if not engaged) on Thursday at 7, for I am sure you will forgive me, if tired, going & sitting by myself for an hour after dinner.2 It is an intolerable evil my being so easily done up.— you may remember the last time you dined here I was not able to appear; but if you will come & take chance, I think you would like Henslow.—
We had intended asking you to persuade Mrs. Lubbock to come with you, but my wife was quite suddenly called to London by dangerous illness of a relation.—3 & I fear there is hardly a chance of her returning tomorrow by the Omnibus, but I mean to have dinner late for the chance. Do not trouble yourself to answer this, but come if you can & are so inclined.
Ever yours | C. Darwin
Invites JL to dine and meet J. S. Henslow.