skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. H. Flower   19 May [1877]

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

May 19th.

My dear Flower

We shall be delighted to see you & Mrs. Flower here on the 26th.— I would suggest your coming by the train which leaves Charing X at 4o12 (or Cannon Str. a few minutes later) & we will send our carriage to Orpington Stn. to meet you.— I shall be very glad if Sir Victor Brooke can come with you & stay here till Monday morning; but if he desires he can return on Sunday morning.1

As I shd. be extremely sorry to appear rude to Sir Victor Brooke, I hope that you will tell him that I find it impossible to talk long with anyone, & that I have often to go & sit quietly, for if I talk too long my head suffers much afterwards.—

My wife wanted to write to Mrs. Flower, but I have told her that I am sure Mrs. Flower would consider this note sufficient.

Believe me | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin


Flower and his wife, Georgiana Rosetta, and Victor Brooke visited Down on 26 May 1877 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). Charing Cross and Cannon Street are railway stations in London; Orpington is the nearest station to Down.


Will be delighted to see WHF on 26th.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Henry Flower
Sent from
MY 20 77
Source of text
Bonhams (dealers) (15 July 2004)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10967,” accessed on 29 November 2021,