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To Friend Lewin   16 April [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

April 16

My dear Sir

I have just discovered that at a more distant station viz Chiselhurst on the same line there is a rather later train, viz one leaving at 9o 34, but Chiselhurst is a full hour’s drive from my house.

If not inconvenient to you & Dr. Maudsley, will you return by this train, which will give us nearly 1,34 hour instead of only a full hour. I can send you in my carriage to Chiselhurst Station. So if this suits you, do not keep your Fly from Orpington; but you can take return tickets, as the 2 stations are on the same line.—2

In Haste | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin

I am sure you & Dr. Maudsley will allow me to leave the room for quarter of an hour, if my head fails me.—

The 9o. 34 Train from Chiselhurst reaches Charing Cross at 10o, 11


The year is established by a reference to the visit of Friend Lewin and Henry Maudsley in Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) for 17 April 1872.
Chislehurst and Orpington were on the South Eastern Railway line; Chislehurst is about four miles and Orpington eight miles from Down. See also letter from Henry Maudsley, 6 November 1872.


Suggests FL and Dr Maudsley come to Down via Chislehurst.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Friend Lewin
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Source of text
Kungliga biblioteket, National Library of Sweden, Manuscripts
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8289,” accessed on 25 February 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20