To John Lubbock 26 February 1
Down. | Beckenham. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Lubbock
Although you will be overwhelmed with congratulations I must write to say how heartily I rejoice over your success. Your speech at Maidstone struck me as quite excellent, & I fully expect to see you a great man in Parliament, as you are in Science.2 But even in the moment of triumph I must let one little groan escape me for poor deserted Science. Anyhow I know that you will always love your first-born child, & not despise her for the sake of gaudy Politicks—
I wrote to ask you a question about savages & suicide, before I had heard of Maidstone; otherwise of course I wd not have troubled you.3 If in the course of a few weeks, you can inform me, I shd. be glad, but the point is not very important for me.
Once again I do most sincerely congratulate you & especially Lady Lubbock4
Ever most truly yours | Ch. Darwin
Congratulations [on election to Parliament]; hopes science will not suffer because of politics.
Previously wrote inquiring about savages and suicide, but JL need not hurry to answer.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7117,” accessed on 6 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7117