Huxley and William Sharpey praise JL's paper [? on Daphnia, Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 147 (1857): 79–100] at Philosophical Club.
At the Philosoph. Club last Thursday I overheard
Will you be so kind as to give my cordial congratulations & most sincere good wishes to Miss Lubbock.— I am very much obliged for my half of the invitation to the Breakfast: it will be a really beautiful sight, but I fear it would be too fatiguing for me so will not venture to accept it.
Believe me dear Lubbock | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 2149.f1The date is established by CD's attendance at a meeting of the Royal Society Philosophical Club minutes (see n. 2, below) and by the reference to Miss Lubbock's engagement breakfast (see n. 4, below).
- f2 2149.f2CD attended a meeting of the Philosophical Club of the Royal Society on 19 November 1857 (Royal Society Philosophical Club minutes). William Sharpey, one of the secretaries of the society and a member of the Philosophical Club, was a noted physiologist. The paper under discussion was Lubbock's study of reproduction in Daphnia (Lubbock 1857).
- f3 2149.f3Lubbock was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1858.
- f4 2149.f4Mary Harriet Lubbock, John Lubbock's older sister, was married on 8 December 1857 to Robert Birkbeck of Keswick, Norfolk (Gentleman's Magazine n.s. 4 (1858): 98).