To Robert Monsey Rolfe?1 15 August 
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
Declines his Lordship’s invitation to dinner for reasons of health.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2897A,” accessed on 22 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2897A