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Darwin Correspondence Project

From H. W. Bates   [17 April 1862]1

Gregory’s Hotel | Rupert Street [London]

Thursday evening

My Dear Sir

I could not resist your invitation2 & the beautiful weather, although I had made other arrangements for Easter, intending to have a trip South about the middle of next week. Nothing could be more delightful to me than to visit you. I have arrived so far, en route, & intend to take an early train for Bromley tomorrow3   I see a train from Pimlico at 9.55— I will try that & arriving at Bromley I shall get a boy to carry my bag & walk to Down having a great desire to loiter about the Kentish lanes— the county is quite new to me

I have been very poorly lately & shall be poor company

Yours sincerely | H W Bates


The date is established by reference to Bates’s visit to Down House from 18 to 21 April (see n. 3, below); the previous Thursday was 17 April 1862.
According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), Bates arrived at Down House on 18 April 1862.


Accepts CD’s invitation.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Walter Bates
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Rupert St
Source of text
DAR 160.1: 66
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3511,” accessed on 15 June 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10