Is preparing a reprint of Origin. Asks JL's opinion on the book's merits; values his judgment.
Down. Bromley Kent
I returned home on Friday night & I saw M
The latter part of my stay at Ilkley did me much good; but I suppose I never shall be strong, for the work I have had since I came back has knocked me up a little more than once. I have been busy in getting a Reprint (with a very few corrections) through the press.— My Book has been as yet very much more successful than I ever dreamed of: Murray is now printing 3000 copies.— Have you finished it? if so pray tell me whether you are with me on general issue, or against me.— If you are against me, I know well how honourable fair & candid an opponent I shall have, & which is a good deal more than I can say of all my opponents.— I have had grand letter from Kingsley with a capital sentence on the theological bearing of such notions as mine, & which he permits me to insert in the Reprint.—
Pray tell me what you have been doing: have you had time for any Natural History?—
Dear Lubbock | Yours most sincerely | C. Darwin
I have got, I wish & hope I might say, that we have got a fair number of excellent men on our side of question on mutability of species.—
- f1 2584.f1William Walker Phillips of Down Hall. See letter to John Lubbock, [19 November 1859].
- f2 2584.f2The enclosure has not been found. John Lubbock's father, John William Lubbock, supported a school for girls and infants in Down, the building for which adjoined the church and was purchased in 1855, and also a national school for boys, funded by subscription (Post Office directory for the six home counties 1859). In 1855, the rector of the adjoining parish of Chelsfield had opposed the use of a trust-fund raised by J. W. Lubbock to build a school in Down. See Correspondence vol. 5, letters to J. W. Lubbock, 6 September , 11 October , and 10 January .
- f3 2584.f3CD's Account book (Down House MS) records on 17 December 1859: ‘Paid for M
rPhillips Funds & Subscription (less 10 sfor J. Lubbock Friendly Club) £10 12s. 10d.’ See n. 6, below.
- f4 2584.f4Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth, lived in Keston, near Down. The transaction is recorded in CD's Account book (Down House MS).
- f5 2584.f5CD refers to Beaumont William Lubbock, John Lubbock's younger brother. CD had since 1846 rented some pasture land at the southern end of his property from John William Lubbock. On this tract he planted trees and laid out the ‘Sandwalk’. See Correspondence vol. 3, letter to John William Lubbock, [16 January 1846].
- f6 2584.f6CD was treasurer of the local savings and insurance society in Down, known as the Friendly Club. The club's account book, kept by CD, is in the Darwin Archive–Down House.
- f7 2584.f7See letters to John Lubbock, [19 November 1859], [22 November 1859], and 17 December .
- f8 2584.f8See letter from Charles Kingsley, 18 November 1859, and letter to Charles Kingsley, 30 November . Kingsley and Lubbock were friends; in 1855, on one of their outings, they had discovered fossil bones later identified as those of a musk-ox (see Correspondence vol. 5, and Hutchinson 1914,1: 37–8).