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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2408,” accessed on 27 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2408