From John Lubbock 15 May 1862
Lamas, | Chiselhurst. | S.E.
15 May 62 | Evening
My dear Mr. Darwin
Many thanks for your Orchis book which I have received this afternoon.1 I have already read 50 pages; they are almost as good as animals, & it will be a great treat to me.
Prestwich & Evans & I had a delightful trip in the French valleys, & I am writing an account of the Somme implements for our next number.2 You are I hope pretty well & all your party. I have heard nothing of any of you for ever so long, & am anxious to know how Horace has been getting on.3 The big book will no doubt go on again now the Orchise’s are over.4 I must write to Oliver to get a review of them for our next number; he is doing one on Dimorphism, & it is sure to be good, but perhaps a little heavy.5 Sir Charles Lyell is they say not coming out till Autumn, but of course you know all about that.6
Hoping to see you soon & with kindest regards to Mrs. Darwin believe me | Yours very affectely | John Lubbock
C Darwin Esq
Thanks for Orchids.
"The big book [Variation] will no doubt go on again now."
JL is writing on Somme implements ["Evidence of antiquity of man", Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 2 (1862): 244–69].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3549,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3549