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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. R. Browne   18 December 1880

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.)

December 18th 1880


The state of my health will not allow me to attend the meeting at Lambeth Palace, though I should feel it an honour to meet there so many distinguished men.1 It would, however, not be sincere on my part to assign want of strength as the sole reason for not attending, in as much as I can see no prospect of any benefit arising from the proposed conference.2

I beg leave to remain, Sir, | Your obedient servant | Charles Darwin


Will not be able to attend the proposed conference and feels no benefit will arise from it.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Walter Raleigh Browne
Sent from
Source of text
The British Library (Surrogate RP 7385)
Physical description
LS 1p (photocopy)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12919,” accessed on 21 September 2021,