To Charles Babbage [14 March 1837 – 31 December 1838]1
My dear Sir
I am very much obliged for your kind invitation for tomorrow evening, and whether for beauty or for shells, I should have had great pleasure in accepting if I had not happened to be engaged.—
Yours truly obliged | Chas. Darwin 36 Grt. Marlboro—
Would have had great pleasure in accepting CB’s invitation, "whether for beauty or for shells", but has another engagement.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 349,” accessed on 30 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-349