To C. V. Riley 1 July 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Sir
I shall be delighted to see you here, but I am bound to tell you that my health is very precarious & that I cannot possibly talk more with anyone than for or 1 hour.2 Under these circumstances you may not think it worth while to come so far. I truly grieve to appear so inhospitable, but I have no choice, & suffer much afterwards if I excite myself by much conversation. […] I wrote a few weeks ago to you at St. Louis thanking you for your most interesting & valuable Report on Noxious Insects.3
Pray forgive my inhospitality & believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch Darwin
P.S. If I do not hear, I shall expect you on Thursday
Some people will have to see my family on Tuesday & Wednesday, which made me fix Thursday4
Would be delighted to see CVR at Down, but is in precarious health and cannot talk to anyone for more than an hour.
Wrote to CVR a few weeks ago to thank him for his book [see 7794].
Will expect CVR on Thursday unless he hears otherwise.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7846F,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7846F