To John Lubbock [4 July 1860]1
Sudbrook Park | Richmond.
I have just seen in the Times that Mrs Lubbock has been confined, & I most heartily congratulate you on the anxiety being over.—2
I was very sorry that I was quite unable to go to Oxford;3 I have been bad enough here, but I began yesterday to revive.— I had the joyful news this morning that Etty has been safely moved to Hartfield in Sussex. I return home on Saturday evening & go to Hartfield on Tuesday or Wednesday We shall stay a week or so there & then for Etty’s sake go to sea-side.—
If you have nothing better to do will you pay me half-an-hour visit on Sunday or Monday at any hour. It is so long since I have seen you that I shd very much like just to have a little chat with you before going away, if you can so manage it. I would have come to High Elms to call on you; but everything knocks me up so easily & so completely— I most truly hope that Mrs Lubbock is going on well. I shall hear at Down.— Do not trouble yourself to write, but come if you can.
Dear Lubbock | Believe me Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Birth of JL’s child.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2859,” accessed on 23 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2859