To J. D. Hooker [25 November 1845]
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Hooker
You held out some hopes that you would pay us a Sunday visit: will you come on Saturday 6th of December. If so my phaeton shall be at the Sydenham Station to meet the Train which leaves London Bridge at 2o. 20’, & this will just bring you in time for our dinner. If the 6th does not suit you will the ensuing Saturday the 13th be more convenient. As soon as I get your reply, I will ask Forbes Falconer & perhaps Waterhouse1 to come by the same Train, & I hope we shall have some good Nat. Hist talk & I flatter myself I shall have the four most rising naturalists in England round my table & much I shall enjoy it.—
I returned yesterday from Town, after having had four very active successfull days in London.—2 I failed to catch Henslow at home.—
Farewell, I hope you will come. Ever yours | C. Darwin
Can JDH come to Down on 6 December? If this is convenient, CD will ask Forbes, Falconer, and perhaps Waterhouse.