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To George Rolleston   1 June [1860]1

Down Bromley Kent

June 1st

– Mr Darwin presents his compliments to Dr. Rolleston & is extremely much

obliged for his very kind invitation,2 which he would have had very great pleasure in accepting, had not the state of his health, rendered it almost necessary for Mr Darwin to have private lodgings so as to avoid fatigue.—


Dated by the relationship to the letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 May [1860], in which CD states that he has written to inquire about rooms at Oxford (see n. 2, below).
Rolleston was professor of anatomy and physiology at Oxford University and president of the sub-section on physiology at the forthcoming meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Oxford.


Thanks for invitation [to stay with GR at Oxford], but his poor state of health requires him to stay in private lodgings.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Rolleston
Sent from
Source of text
Wellcome Collection (MS.6119/1)
Physical description
AL 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2820A,” accessed on 28 September 2021,

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