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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Alphonse de Candolle   25 May [1839]

Mr & Mrs C. Darwin (having heard from Mme de Sismondi of M. de Candolle’s arrival in London) request the favor of M. de Candolle’s company to dinner on Monday next May the 27th 1 at six o’clock to meet Mr Henslow Professor of Botany at Cambridge.

Mr Darwin only learnt today that Mr Henslow would be here on Monday & he therefore hopes that M. de Candolle will excuse the liberty he takes in hoping to see him at so very short a notice. 12 Upper Gower Street

Saturday May the 25th


CD’s Account Book (Down House MS) records that 7s. was paid to a ‘man for waiting’, which suggests that the dinner party took place.


Invitation to dine at the Darwins’ with J. S. Henslow.

Letter details

Letter no.
Darwin, C. R.; Darwin, Emma
Candolle, Alphonse de
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
Archives de la famille de Candolle
Physical description
(by ED) 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 512,” accessed on 27 March 2017,