Birth of JL's child.
Sudbrook Park | Richmond.
I have just seen in the Times that M
I was very sorry that I was quite unable to go to Oxford; I have been bad enough here, but I began yesterday to revive.— I had the joyful news this morning that Etty has been safely moved to Hartfield in Sussex. I return home on Saturday evening & go to Hartfield on Tuesday or Wednesday We shall stay a week or so there & then for Etty's sake go to sea-side.—
If you have nothing better to do will you pay me half-an-hour visit on Sunday or Monday
at any hour. It is so long since I have seen you that I sh
Dear Lubbock | Believe me Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 2859.f1Dated by the reference to the Lubbocks' new baby (see n. 2, below).
- f2 2859.f2Ellen Frances Lubbock gave birth to Constance Mary Lubbock on 2 July 1860. The birth was reported in the The Times, 4 July 1860.
- f3 2859.f3Lubbock had attended the Oxford meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He spoke in support of CD's theory at the Saturday, 30 June, session at which Thomas Henry Huxley confronted the bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce (see Appendix VI). In a letter to Francis Darwin dated 2 January 1896 (DAR 106/7 (ser. 4): 30), Lubbock recalled that he was `proud of having born my part in the great Oxford debate … I took the point in reply to Wilberforce & [Robert] FitzRoy that the embryology of the individual in many cases represents the past history of the Species.' See also Hutchinson ed. 1914, 1: 50, and F. Darwin ed. 1892, p. 239.