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Darwin Correspondence Project

To James Clark Ross1   [27 June 1847]

Magdalen Hall [Oxford]


Dear Sir James Ross

I fear you will think me very ungrateful & capricious, but such is not the case, when I say that I fear I must decline your kind invitation for tomorrow. The temptation made me break through my rule of dining by myself, but since you asked me, I have not been well, & I am in truth afraid of being knocked up if I dine out anywhere out of my own rooms.—

I let you know today that you may fill up my place more worthily.— With much regret & my sincere thanks.

Pray believe me | Yours truly obliged | Charles Darwin


Ross had commanded the Antarctic expedition of H.M.S. Erebus and H.M.S. Terror, 1839–43. He was on the council of the British Association, then meeting in Oxford.


Must decline invitation for dinner; he is unwell.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Clark Ross
Sent from
Magdalen Hall Oxford
Source of text
The Royal Society (Sa: 385)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1100,” accessed on 8 June 2023,

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