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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Charles Babbage   [1838]1

My dear Mr. Babbage

I am very much obliged to you for sending me cards for your parties, but I am afraid of accepting them, for I should meet some people there, to whom I have sworn by all the saints in Heaven, I never go out, & should, therefore, be ashamed to meet them.— I assure you I feel very grateful for your kindness to me.

Believe me | Most sincerely yrs. | Chas. Darwin

Wednesd Morning

36 Grt. Marlbro’ Stt.—


The paper is watermarked ‘1838’.


CD is much obliged for invitations to CB’s parties, but is afraid to accept because he would meet people to whom he has sworn he never goes out.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Babbage
Sent from
London, Gt Marlborough St, 36
Source of text
The British Library (Add MS 37191: 81)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 351,” accessed on 24 April 2024,

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