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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Alphonse de Candolle   25 May [1839]

Mr & Mrs C. Darwin (having heard from Mme. de Sismondi of M. de Candolle’s arrival in London) request the favor of M. de Candolle’s company to dinner on Monday next May the 27th 1 at six o’clock to meet Mr Henslow Professor of Botany at Cambridge.

Mr Darwin only learnt today that Mr Henslow would be here on Monday & he therefore hopes that M. de Candolle will excuse the liberty he takes in hoping to see him at so very short a notice. 12 Upper Gower Street

Saturday May the 25th.


CD’s Account Book (Down House MS) records that 7s. was paid to a ‘man for waiting’, which suggests that the dinner party took place.


Invitation to dine at the Darwins’ with J. S. Henslow.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin; Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
Alphonse de Candolle
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Physical description
ALS (by ED) 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 512,” accessed on 28 September 2022,

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