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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Emily Harriet Stanhope   9 August [1849]1


Augt. 9th.

Dear Lady Mahon2

Mr. Darwin is very much obliged for the honour of your Ladyships kind invitation for Thursday, & will have much pleasure in accepting it.3

I beg to remain | Your Ladyships | Truly obliged | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Charles Lyell, [2 September 1849] (Correspondence vol. 4).
Emily Harriet Stanhope was the wife of Philip Henry Stanhope, Viscount Mahon (Complete peerage).
In 1849, the Thursday following 9 August was 16 August. In his letter to Charles Lyell, [2 September 1849], CD described the dinner that took place at Viscount Mahon’s ancestral home at Chevening, Kent (Correspondence vol. 4). Chevening is about three miles south-east of Down.


Accepts EHS’s invitation for Thursday.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Emily Harriet Stanhope, Lady Mahon, Countess Stanhope, Lady Stanhope
Sent from
Source of text
Kent History and Library Centre (U1590 C481/18)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1249F,” accessed on 18 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)