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DCP-LETT-7117

To John Lubbock   26 February [1870]1

Down. | Beckenham. | Kent. S.E.

Febr 26

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

Footnotes

1
The year is established by the references to Lubbock’s election as MP for Maidstone (see n. 2, below).
2
The Times, 26 February 1870, p. 8, announced Lubbock’s election as MP for Maidstone, and gave an account of his speech.
3
CD’s query has not been found.
4
Ellen Frances Lubbock.

Summary

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.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7117
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Lubbock, John
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 261.7:5 (English Heritage 88205930)
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7117,” accessed on 1 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7117

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