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To Albert Günther   21 January [1871]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Jan 21.

My dear Dr. Günther

Will you give us the pleasure of seeing you here on Saturday 28th & stay the Sunday.— Mr Winwood Reade & I hope Swinhoe & Hooker will be here.— If you can come, the best plan will be by train which leaves Charing Cross at 5o. 5 & reaches Orpington at 5o 47’, when our carriage will meet you.—

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to the visit of Günther, William Winwood Reade, Robert Swinhoe, and Joseph Dalton Hooker to Down. According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), the visitors arrived on 28 January 1871 and on 30 January the ‘company went’.


Invites AG to stay at Down. Winwood Reade and, he hopes, Hooker and Robert Swinhoe will be there.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
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Source of text
Shrewsbury School (13)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7450,” accessed on 22 June 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19