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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Richard Owen   [1849?]1

Down Farnborough Kent


My dear Owen

As you were so kind as to say that I might propose myself to tea to you (it being more wholesome to me than Dinner) I will, if it chance to prove quite convenient to you, come about 712 on Thursday. If you cannot have me, (which is likely enough) will you save me the journey, by sending me one line to “7 Park St Grosvenor Sqr.”—2

My stomach fails so often & so suddenly that to my sorrow, I am never certain of an appointment. if I do not appear by 8 olock, you will understand that my stomach has failed me.

Yours most sincerely | C. Darwin

If I do not hear I shall understand that I am to come


The date is based on the broad mourning border, characteristic of the stationery CD used in 1849.
The address of Erasmus Alvey Darwin, with whom CD stayed when in London.


CD proposes to call for tea if he is well enough on Thursday.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Richard Owen
Sent from
Source of text
Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1089,” accessed on 18 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4