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From Charles Wentworth Dilke   24 April 1866

76, Sloane Street SW.

24 April 1866

Dear Sir

Mr. & Madame de Candolle1 dine with my Mother in Law2 & myself on Thursday the 17th of May at a quarter before seven. If Mrs Darwin & yourself would give us the pleasure of your company we should be pleased.3

Yours truly | C Wentworth Dilke

C Darwin Esq


Dilke refers to Alphonse de Candolle and his wife, Jeanne-Victoire-Laure de Candolle.
Dilke’s mother-in-law, Caroline A. Duncombe Chatfield, had lived at Dilke’s London residence since his marriage in 1840 (Gwynn and Tuckwell 1917, 1: 8).
Dilke refers to Emma Darwin. CD and Emma did not attend the dinner. See letter from Alphonse de Candolle, 3 June 1866.


Invites CD and wife to dine with Alphonse and Mme de Candolle.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Wentworth Dilke, Jr
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Sloane St, 76
Source of text
DAR 162: 181
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5065,” accessed on 20 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14