From John Lubbock 28 July 1864
High Elms, | Farnborough, | Kent.
28 July 64
My dear Mr. Darwin
You must I fear have thought that I had altogether forgotten your commissions;1 but I was very busy the first two or three days of the week.
Smith & Beck’s microtome seems to be merely a fine pair of scissors.2 Valentine’s knife is the instrument for thin sections.3
As for microscopic spectacles I send you a pair & also a binocular handmicroscope, which I took from Smith & Beck’s on approval, please return them soon if you dont like them.4
After leaving you I came to great grief, smashing my pony carriage to pieces & damaging the poor pony but doing myself no harm. I am sorry to say that the book you lent me got a little damaged, which I hope you will excuse
Was it not odd our falling in with Hooker on his way to you;5 we did not think him looking quite the thing, but very likely his day with you quite set him up.
Hoping to see you again, I remain, dear Mr Darwin | Yours very affectionately | John Lubbock
C Darwin Esq
P.S. Is the book that you recommended me “Cap. Greys Travels in North West & Western Australia.”?6
Has obtained microscopes for CD.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4575,” accessed on 29 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4575