RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1985. [Extract of a letter to Marian Evans, 30 March 1873 and recollections of the Darwins]. In G. S. Haight ed., Selections from George Eliot's letters, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 416; 434.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 4.2022. RN1

NOTE: See record in the Freeman Bibliographical Database, enter its Identifier here. The complete letters with important editorial notes are published in Correspondence vol. 21, pp. 144 and 146-7.

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Darwin had called several times at the Priory without his wife. He wrote: "My wife complains that she has been very badly treated and that I ought to have asked permission for her to call on you with me when we next come to London." He asked whether his daughter and son-in-law Richard Litchfield might call too. They came 6 April (ix, 87-88)

The Priory, 21 North Bank, Regents Park.

Mar. 31. 73

My dear Mr. Darwin

We shall be very happy to see Mr. & Mrs. Litchfield on any Sunday when it is convenient to them to come to us. Our hours of reception are from 1/2 past two till six, and the earlier our friends can come to us, the more fully we are able to enjoy conversation with them. Please do not disappoint us in the hope that you will come to us again, and bring Mrs. Darwin with you, the next time you are in town.

Yours most sincerely M E Lewes

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John and Emily Cross came to lunch with Myers at the Priory 18 January. The Leweses met him again a few days later at a spiritualist séance at the Erasmus Darwin's with the Charles Darwin family, Mrs. Bowen, and others; but as complete darkness was insisted on, the Leweses left in disgust, followed by the Charles Darwins.[…]

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