To John Lubbock [6 February 1859]1
Moor Park | Farnham, Surrey
Just as I was starting for this place, I received your note for Wollaston, & I will in a day or two add to it & forward it.—2
I am grieved to hear of your Brother’s accident; but really is most fortunate that it was not worse; what horrid anxiety poor Lady Lubbock must have had & I fear may still have some.—3 Would you some day write me the briefest note to tell me how he goes on, for I shd. really much wish to hear; & I cannot from home, as they are all moving to Hartfield, on account of poor Etty, who is much worse.4
After I last saw you I had bad attack followed by a second, & I have had to take refuge here, where I shall remain a fortnight & try to get a little strength.5
Farewell | Dear Lubbock | Yours ever most sincerely | C. Darwin
P.S. Thinking over your case of ovarium of Pulex,6 it has occurred to me that you & probably no one but you in England could write a capital paper “on the position of certain anomalous insects in the Nat. System, as judged by their internal organs”.— Their externals have been discussed ad nauseam. Earwigs, Pulex, Thrips, Strepsiptera—Trichoptera & other neuroptera &c &c— Think of this; alimentary, generative male & female & nervous systems & circulatory (?)7
JL’s brother’s accident.
Thinks JL should tackle systematics of anomalous insects from studies of internal organs.