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
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 1 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-474