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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Lubbock   [21 October 1866]1

High Elms

My dear Mr. Darwin

I cannot very well come up to Down this afternoon.

You will I am sure be tired & must not overdo yourself. I wish you would send Haeckel down here to dinner & I would send him over to the station if he must go to night, or give him a bed & take him up in the morning if he could stay till then.2

Believe me | Yours most sincerely | John Lubbock

Pray tell him I am very anxious to make his acquaintance.



The date is established by the reference to Ernst Haeckel’s visit to CD, which took place on Sunday 21 October 1866 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).
There is no evidence that Haeckel visited Lubbock.


Anxious to make acquaintance of Ernst Haeckel [who was staying with CD].

Letter details

Letter no.
John Lubbock (4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury)
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
High Elms
Source of text
DAR 170: 51
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5252,” accessed on 21 May 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14