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From John Lubbock   13 February [1869]1

13 Feb.

My dear Mr. Darwin

If you & Hooker say it is all right I shall feel quite justified in signing Miss Meteyards petition.2

I am really anxious about the Down school & think if the Parish was properly Canvassed the necessary funds would be forthcoming without pressing unduly on a few.3

It seems that none of my brothers (except Henry)4 had even been spoken to on the subject.

I have been very nearly promising to stand for Westminster if Smith is turned out, but my senior partner Mr Ellice advised me so strongly against doing so that I have declined.5

Ever | Yours very sincerely | John Lubbock


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Eliza Meteyard, 19 February 1869.
Lubbock refers to Joseph Dalton Hooker and Eliza Meteyard. See letter to John Lubbock, [before 13 February 1869] and n. 2.
Henry James Lubbock.
Lubbock stood for Parliament in the general election of November 1868, but lost by a narrow margin (see Correspondence vol. 16, letter from John Lubbock, 26 November [1868]). William Henry Smith was elected in the district of Westminster. The large amount of money he spent in the campaign led to suspicion of bribery and a petition was raised to remove him, but Smith retained his seat (ODNB). Russell Ellice was a partner in the banking firm Robarts, Lubbock & Co. (Post Office London directory 1868).


Down School funds.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 170: 72
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6613,” accessed on 21 January 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17