To Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce 13 May [1840–2]
I beg leave in inform you that at the request of Mr W. Walton I wrote to him all the little information on the subject of the Guanaco,1 which I possess. I do not doubt he will communicate this to you, as at the time of making his request, he asked me whether I had received any enquiries from the Soc: of Arts.—2
I am much obliged by the invitation to attend the meeting of the Society, which I should have had great pleasure in doing, had not the present state of my health rendered it impossible—a circumstance which I must further offer in excuse for referring you to Mr Walton for my knowledge concerning the meat of the Guanaco, instead of rewriting my letter to you.—
I have the honour to remain | Sir | Your obedient serv | Charles Darwin 12 Up Gower St
May 13th —
Informs correspondent that he wrote to William Walton all that he knew about the guanaco.
Present state of his health prevents his acceptance of invitation to attend the meeting of the Society.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 567,” accessed on 4 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-567