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Darwin Correspondence Project

To H. B. Jones   3 August [1870]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Aug. 3d

My dear Dr Bence Jones

I must thank you cordially for your very kind invitation;2 but my stomach, not withstanding all your good aid, is too diabolical to allow me to visit anywhere except at a very few of my nearest relations, where I can behave as I like. We shall, also, start soon for a visit to my son.—3 If it had been possible I shd thoroughily have enjoyed accepting your kindness.— Your letter has been an immense relief to me; but I will be careful & try & not work too hard.

Yours very gratefully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from H. B. Jones, 2 August 1870.
See letter from H. B. Jones, 2 August 1870.
CD, with Emma Darwin and Leonard Darwin, visited William Erasmus Darwin in Southampton from 13 to 26 August 1870 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).


Despite HBJ’s good aid, CD’s stomach will not permit a visit.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Bence Jones
Source of text
The British Library (Surrogate RP 3120)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7293A,” accessed on 22 April 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18