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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Lubbock   27 [October 1862]1

Down Bromley your letter went to Dover. Kent


My dear Lubbock.

Many thanks for your note.2 I hope & expect to be well enough on Friday to see you. I presume 7o oclock will be the best hour for you.—3 If I shd. be bad, I would send over to Lamas4 on Friday afternoon. I cannot say much for several of us; for we have had a touch of Influenza5

Ever yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


The date is established by the relationship to the letter from John Lubbock, 25 October 1862.
Letter from John Lubbock, 25 October 1862.
Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) records that Lubbock dined at Down House on Friday 31 October 1862.
‘Lamas’ was Lubbock’s house in Chislehurst, Kent.
Emma Darwin recorded in her diary (DAR 242) on 25 October 1862: ‘I feverish & bad cold | in bed’; on 26 October she wrote: ‘in bed—’.


Hopes to be well enough on Friday to see JL.

Several of the family have had influenza.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Lubbock (4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury)
Sent from
Source of text
Smithsonian Institution Libraries (Special collections)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3783,” accessed on 26 April 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10