Sir George Clerk to be new President of the Zoological Society.
11, Mansion House Street, | London, | E.C.
7 Jan 1862
My dear M
Sir G. Clerk is to be the new Zool. Pres. My feeling in the matter was quite the same as yours.
The Busks are coming to us on
Hoping you will be able to come I remain | Very sincerely yours | John Lubbock
C. Darwin. Esq | F.R.S.
- f1 3378.f1It appears from Lubbock's mention of `Friday 14
th' that he mistakenly dated his letter January instead of February: 14 January 1862 did not fall on a Friday, whereas 14 February did. See also letter from John Lubbock, 13 February 1862.
- f2 3378.f2In February 1862, George Clerk was elected to succeed Prince Albert as president of the Zoological Society of London (Scherren 1905, p. 126). There was some opposition to the selection of Clerk who was 75 years old and did not have a scientific background (see letter from J. E. Gray, 1 February 1862).
- f3 3378.f3George and Ellen Busk were close friends of the Lubbocks (Hutchinson 1914, 1: 39).