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Darwin Correspondence Project


To Charles Babbage  [October 1839 – August 1842]

12 Upper Gower St


My dear Mr Babbage

I am very much obliged to you for your several cards which you have so kindly sent us, & which I should have had greater pleasure in accepting than any other parties, had not I found by dear-bought experience that my health will not at present stand going out in the evening.

I am going to take a liberty, which I trust you will excuse; it is to ask permission for my sister who is staying with us to accompany my brother, whom I understand you have also kindly asked, to your party tomorrow evening: Mrs Darwin not being well enough to go out at present.—

Believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very truly obliged | C. Darwin

Letter details

Letter no.
Darwin, C. R.
Babbage, Charles
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
British Library (Add 37191: 296)
Physical description


Regrets he cannot accept invitation. "My health will not at present stand going out in the evenings."

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 474,” accessed on 31 May 2016,