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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Charles Babbage   [14 March 1837 – 31 December 1838]1

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged for your kind invitation for tomorrow evening, and whether for beauty or for shells, I should have had great pleasure in accepting if I had not happened to be engaged.—

Yours truly obliged | Chas. Darwin 36 Grt. Marlboro—


The dates are those of CD’s residence at 36 Great Marlborough Street.


Would have had great pleasure in accepting CB’s invitation, "whether for beauty or for shells", but has another engagement.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Babbage
Sent from
London, Gt Marlborough St, 36
Source of text
The British Library (Add MS 37190: 326)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 349,” accessed on 24 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2