To Chauncey Wright 31 August 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Sir
Very many thanks for your long & interesting letter.2 I hope some time you will be able to utilise all the close thought you have applied to the subject, by bringing in your ideas into one of your essays.—
I write now to say how very glad I shall be to see you here.— Any day next week except Saturday would suit us perfectly well. But if you are going to stay sometime longer in London, I would suggest any day in week beginning on Sept. 9th— I make this suggestion solely on account of my son George whom you saw in America & who wd like to meet you here, & who will be away from home this coming week.—3
I trust that you will come & dine & sleep here; for the afternoon from 2o to 4o is always my bad time when my head fails me; & indeed at no time can I converse long with anyone.— Your best plan will be to come by the train which leaves Charing Cross at 5o 5’ for Orpington Station (on the S.E. Ry.)4 which is 4 miles from this house, & then you can return next morning to London.— We shd. thus see each other much more pleasantly than by a mere call, as you propose.—
My dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Please let me hear when you will come.—
CD thanks CW for long, interesting letter; hopes the ideas will be worked into an essay some day.
Suggests dates for a proposed visit and gives instructions for reaching Down.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8497,” accessed on 20 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8497