John Lubbock wants a copy of Origin (4th ed.) for Philip Norman.
Dear Miss Darwin
I am so sorry you were prevented from coming on Friday, & also that we shall
not have the pleasure of seeing M
Please deliver to the bearer a copy of the new edition of the Origin of
Species—, & sign it— The fact is, John has promised a copy
to Philip Norman, & as he is going to India, directly, he wishes to take it with
him—& he went the other day to Murray's, but was refused a copy, as
I am so sorry to trouble him—
With Kindest regards to you all, believe me yours affectly | El Lubbock
- f1 5204.f1The year is established by the reference to the fourth edition of Origin (see n. 3, below). The day and month are conjectured by the entries in Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242), and by the reference to presentation copies of Origin (see nn. 2 and 3, below).
- f2 5204.f2Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242) records that CD had a headache on Friday 27 July 1866; Emma also noted that she attended a `fete at High Elms' (the Lubbock family home) on 28 July.
- f3 5204.f3The fourth edition of Origin was printed by mid-July 1866 (see letter to John Murray, 15 July ), but CD's publisher, John Murray, had recently informed CD that he wished to delay publication until November (letter from John Murray, 18 July ). Norman's father, George Warde Norman, was a good friend of the Darwin family and had received a presentation copy of the first edition of Origin (see Correspondence vol. 8, Appendix III).