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