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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Charles Babbage   [October 1839 – August 1842]

12 Upper Gower St


My dear Mr. Babbage

I am very much obliged to you for your several cards which you have so kindly sent us, & which I should have had greater pleasure in accepting than any other parties, had not I found by dear-bought experience that my health will not at present stand going out in the evening.

I am going to take a liberty, which I trust you will excuse; it is to ask permission for my sister who is staying with us to accompany my brother, whom I understand you have also kindly asked, to your party tomorrow evening: Mrs. Darwin not being well enough to go out at present.—

Believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very truly obliged | C. Darwin


Regrets he cannot accept invitation. "My health will not at present stand going out in the evenings."

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Babbage
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
The British Library (Add MS 37191: 296)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 474,” accessed on 13 April 2024,

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