To John Lubbock 24 April 1
Before I come to the purpose of my note, let me give you my very sincere congratulations on your marriage;2 & I do not believe that any of your many friends can send you more cordial & true good wishes.
Can you get “leave of absence” & come & dine here on Saturday at 7 oclock to meet Dr. & Mrs Hooker, Mr Wollaston, Mr & Mrs. Huxley.—3
Mrs. Darwin had intended (but is not at present quite well)4 to have ventured on a very early call on Mrs. Lubbock in hopes of persuading her to come with you, but I fear there would have been but very little chance of the party at High Elms5 letting her leave home so soon.—
Dear Lubbock | Yours very sincerely | Ch Darwin
Congratulations on JL’s marriage. Invitation to dine at Down with the Hookers, Huxleys, and T. V. Wollaston.