To J. W. Lubbock 10 January 
Dear Sir John Lubbock
I had a long interview with Mr Baugh1 yesterday, but fear I did no good. I gathered from his conversation that he is fully resolved (& thought himself so bound on account of his Parish) to apply to the Charity Commissioners, if you did not agree to an arbitration or pay to Farnborough half the Fund or £200; this I said I felt convinced you wd not do: He also talked of the Court of Equity, but I do not think he will keep to this, as he seemed to agree that the whole Fund wd be absorbed in Expences; & he repeated he was far from wishing to injure the Down School.—
I told him that you had stopped the workmen at the School, & that if Proceedings went on, you intended to reinvest the trust money in the Funds & turn the school into Cottages; but I do not think that this had any effect whatever, for he seemed to think it made no difference in regard to the claims of Farnborough, whether the money was still in Funds or spent on the Building.— He complains much that he was not consulted on the subject, before the foundations of the school were laid, & declares that he had no idea, till near the end of September last, that the trust-money was going to be used for the Down School. My 〈sta〉tement regarding the impossibility of finding a site (as you yourself wd not grant one) between the two Parishes, I think, had some effect. But appar-ently he is resolved to proceed to enforce what he considers the rights of Farnborough.—2
I wish I could have been of more service in this very unfortunate business. Pray believe me | Dear Sir John | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin
Reports that his intercession with Folliott Baugh [Rector of Chelsfield, Kent] has had no effect. Baugh still believes Farnborough’s rights have not been attended to if entire fund is applied to the school at Down.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1628,” accessed on 6 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1628