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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Thomas Belt   31 March [1875]1

6, Queen Anne St. | Cavendish Square

March 31

My dear Sir

I have just come to London for a week or so. Will it suit you to come to luncheon here at 1 o’clock, some early day?2 It will give me great pleasure if you will; and in this case please send me a line fixing the day so that I may be at home.

My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin.


The year is established by the address; CD stayed at the home of Erasmus Alvey Darwin from 31 March to 6 April 1875 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). There is no other year when he stayed at Queen Anne Street on 31 March.
Belt may have proposed a meeting with CD in February (see letter to Thomas Belt, 24 February 1875). No record of a meeting during CD’s stay in London has been found.


Has just come to London. Invites TB to luncheon.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Belt
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6
Source of text
DAR 143: 82
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9906,” accessed on 19 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23