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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Roland Trimen   [16 March 1868]1

4. Chester Place | Regents Park | N.W.


My dear Mr. Trimen

Would it suit you to come & lunch here at 1. oclock on Friday or Saturday, or indeed almost any day; or if luncheon-time does not suit you, if you will you will tell me at what hour you will call I will be at home.— I hear that you had a brilliant night at Linn. Soc. & I regretted so much that I could not come.2

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin.


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Roland Trimen, 20 March [1868]. The first Monday before 20 March 1868 was 16 March.
CD refers to the paper, ‘On some remarkable mimetic analogies among African butterflies’ (R. Trimen 1868), that Trimen delivered at the 5 March 1868 meeting of the Linnean Society. For remarks on the paper and the discussion that followed, see the letter from A. R. Wallace, 8 March [1868].


Trimen, Roland. 1868. On some remarkable mimetic analogies among African butterflies. [Read 5 March 1868.] Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 26 (1868–70): 497–522.


Asks whether RT will call.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Roland Trimen
Sent from
London, Chester Place, 4
Source of text
Royal Entomological Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 66)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6015,” accessed on 12 December 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16