Dining with the Lubbocks.
JL's paper on respiration of insects ["On the distribution of the tracheae in insects", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 23 (1860–2): 23–50].
I am very much obliged to Lady Lubbock for her kind invitation & shall have
great pleasure in dining with you on Monday (ie tomorrow) at 6
Ever yours | C. Darwin
- f1 3413.f1Although the letter was endorsed `1859', this seems to be a mistake. The year is given by the reference to Lubbock 1857a and by the invitation to dine with the Lubbock family. In 1857, 26 January fell on a Monday.
- f2 3413.f2Harriet Lubbock was John Lubbock's mother. Emma Darwin's diary indicates that CD was alone at Down from 24 to 28 January 1857, which might account for the dinner invitation.
- f3 3413.f3In Lubbock 1857a, Lubbock attempted to give a brief account of `the principle modifications of the organs of respiration of insects' (Lubbock 1857a, p. 153). Volumes of the Entomologist's Annual, in which the paper was printed, were customarily published in December or January. See also Hutchinson 1914, 1: 43.