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From Robert Caspary   25 May 1866

Kew gardens | House of Dr. J. D. Hooker

25th. of May | 1866

My dear Sir,

Having spoken to Dr. Hooker about my wish to visit you, he advises me to follow your kind invitation to go and see you.1 Consequently I shall leave London, Charing-Cross station, on Sunday 27th of May in the morning by an early train to get out to you2   I can not say exactly by what train, as no timetable is here. My time is so much taken up here by researches of several kinds, that I could no see Dr Hooker earlier for deciding upon my visiting you. Send me away from you, as soon as you feel in any degree tired.

In the hope of seeing you soon I remain, dear Sir, with the highest regards | your most sincerely | Rob. Caspary


CD had asked Joseph Dalton Hooker to convey his invitation to Caspary. See letter to J. D. Hooker, 16 May [1866] and n. 7.
According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), Caspary visited CD at Down on 27 May 1866.


Plans to come to Down on 27 May.

Letter details

Letter no.
Johann Xaver Robert (Robert) Caspary
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 161: 121
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5100,” accessed on 7 October 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14