Darwin to Matthew, 13 June 1862. Letter 3600: Darwin Correspondence Project
In this letter, reproduced in full below, Darwin appears to be responding to an earlier letter (now lost) from Matthew proposing that they meet in person, to coincide with a visit of Matthew to London. Darwin regrets he can’t do so at present, but hopes he might do so in the near future.
I presume that I have the pleasure of addressing the Author of the work on Naval Architecture & the first enunciator of the theory of Natural Selection. Few things would give me greater pleasure than to see you; but my health is feeble & I have at present a son ill & can receive no one here, nor leave home at present.
I wish to come up to London as soon as I can; if, therefore you are going to stay for more than a week, would you be so kind as to let me hear, & if able to come up to London, I would endeavour to arrange an interview with you, which afford me high satisfaction;
with much respect, I remain Dear Sir
Yours very faithfully