To Patrick Matthew 13 June 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I presume that I have the pleasure of addressing the Author of the work on Naval Architecture & the first enunciator of the theory of Natural Selection.2 Few things would give me greater pleasure than to see you; but my health is feeble & I have at present a son ill & can receive no one here, nor leave home at present.—3
I wish to come up to London as soon as I can; if, therefore you are going to stay for more than a week, would you be so kind as to let me hear, & if able to come up to London, I would endeavour to arrange an interview with you, which afford me high satisfaction;
with much respect, I remain Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
It would be a pleasure to see "the first enunciator of the theory of Natural Selection" but his health makes it impossible. Hopes to come to London soon and would like to arrange an interview with PM if he is staying more than a week.