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To Robert Monsey Rolfe?1   15 August [1860]

Down Bromley Kent

Augt. 15th.—

My dear Lord

We are very much obliged for your Lordship’s kind invitation to dinner on Saturday, but I am sorry to say that my health still prevents me going out to a distance in the evening;—and a very great loss it is to me in this instance.—

With our best thanks, I beg leave to remain | Your Lordships | Truly obliged | Charles Darwin


The recipient is inferred from the reference to ‘your Lordship’. Rolfe was created Baron Cranworth in 1850. He lived at Holwood House in Keston, Kent, a few miles from Down. See also Correspondence vol. 7, letter to R. M. Rolfe, 10 November [1858].


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Declines his Lordship’s invitation to dinner for reasons of health.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Robert Monsey Rolfe, 1st Baron Cranworth of Cranworth
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Paul C. Richards (dealer)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2897A,” accessed on 3 December 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8