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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. W. Clark   12 November 1877

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Nov 12th 1877

My dear Mr Clark,

I thank you cordially for your very kind letter, and I hope that you will express to the President how much obliged I am for the honour of his invitation.1

I should have enjoyed extremely accepting it, but I really cannot, for I am not able to spend an evening even at home without lying down to rest, and after the excitement of the day I shall be much tired.

Believe me, | Yours sincerely obliged, | Charles Darwin


The letter has not been found; the president of the Philosophical Society at Cambridge University, George Downing Liveing, had invited CD to a dinner on the evening of the presentation to CD of an honorary LLD (see also letter to T. H. Huxley, 19 November [1877] and n. 2). Clark was a secretary of the Cambridge Philosophical Society (Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 3 (1876–80): 230).


Thanks his correspondent for his letter; hopes he will convey to the president how obliged he is for the invitation, which he cannot accept as it would tire him too much.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Willis Clark
Sent from
Source of text
H. Bruce Rinker PhD (private collection)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11232F,” accessed on 8 June 2023,