To John Lubbock [22 November 1857]1
At the Philosoph. Club last Thursday I overheard Dr. Sharpey speaking to Huxley in such high & warm praise of your paper & Huxley answering in same tone that it did me good to hear it.2 And I thought I would tell you, for if you still wish to join Royal Socy., I shd. think (Sharpey being influential in Council & Secretary) there cd be no doubt of your admission. Even if you were not admitted the first year it cannot be thought the least disgraceful. I am not aware but perhaps you have been already proposed.—3
Will you be so kind as to give my cordial congratulations & most sincere good wishes to Miss Lubbock.—4 I am very much obliged for my half of the invitation to the Breakfast: it will be a really beautiful sight, but I fear it would be too fatiguing for me so will not venture to accept it.
Believe me dear Lubbock | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
Huxley and William Sharpey praise JL’s paper [? on Daphnia, Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 147 (1857): 79–100] at Philosophical Club.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2149,” accessed on 25 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2149