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Letter 4653

Lubbock, John to Darwin, C. R.

3 Nov 1864

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    Congratulates CD on receiving the Copley Medal.


The Athenæum

3 Nov. 64

My dear Mr. Darwin

I must write <a> line to congratulate you on having got the Copley & am sure you know that no one of all your friends will rejoice more than I do.

You know that we very nearly carried it <last> year & I really believe <that> the fight we then <made> may have had its influence on the present occasion.

Many thanks for the paper on Cynips. The case seems surely rather weak, however I have made a mem. for the next Nat. His. R. & will return the paper in a few days.

I was very sorry to hear a poor account of you & hope you are better now.

I shall be at High Elms on Sunday. Is there any chance of seeing you in the morning.—

Believe me always | Yours affec | John Lubbock

C Darwin Esq

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    The Council of the Royal Society of London voted to award CD the Copley Medal on 3 November 1864 (Royal Society, Council minutes). See letter from Hugh Falconer, 3 November 186[4].
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    Lubbock had nominated CD for the Copley Medal in 1863; William Benjamin Carpenter had seconded the nomination. The medal was awarded to Adam Sedgwick. See Correspondence vol. 11, letter from E. A. Darwin, 9 November [1863], letter from E. A. Darwin to Emma Darwin, 11 November [1863], and letter from Edward Sabine to John Phillips, 12 November 1863.
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    The reference is to `On dimorphism in the hymenopterous genus Cynips', by Benjamin Dann Walsh (Walsh 1864a). CD's annotated copy is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL. See letter from B. D. Walsh, 29 April -- 19 May 1864 and n. 7. Lubbock reviewed the paper in Natural History Review (Lubbock 1865a).
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    High Elms, the Lubbock family seat, was in Down (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1866).
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