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Letter 7117

Darwin, C. R. to Lubbock, John

26 Feb [1870]

Summary

Congratulations [on election to Parliament]; hopes science will not suffer because of politics.

Previously wrote inquiring about savages and suicide, but JL need not hurry to answer.

Transcription

Down. | Beckenham. | Kent. S.E.

Febr 26

My dear Lubbock

Although you will be overwhelmed with congratulations I must writeto say how heartily I rejoice over your success. Your speech at Maidstonestruck me as quite excellent, & I fully expect to see you a great manin Parliament, as you are in Science.f2 But even in the moment of triumphI must let one little groan escape me for poor deserted Science. AnyhowI know that you will always love your first-born child, & not despiseher for the sake of gaudy Politicks—

I wrote to ask you a question about savages & suicide, before I had heard ofMaidstone; otherwise of course I wd not have troubled you.f3 If in thecourse of a few weeks, you can inform me, I shd. be glad, but the point is notvery important for me.

Once again I do most sincerely congratulate you & especially Lady Lubbockf4

Ever most truly yours | Ch. Darwin

DAR 261.7:5 (English Heritage 88205930)

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Footnotes

f1
The year is established by the references to Lubbock’s election asMP for Maidstone (see n. 2, below).
f2
The Times, 26 February 1870, p. 8, announced Lubbock’s election as MP for Maidstone, and gave an account of his speech.
f3
CD’s query has not been found.
f4
Ellen Frances Lubbock.
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