To John Lubbock 21 July 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Lubbock
Very many thanks for your Book: I have read 4 or 5 Chapts. with extreme interest, too much interest for the good of my internal viscera. It makes me groan that you had not published 4 or 5 months ago: I shd have so profited & saved so much work.— But on some very important points for me, I shall be able & must modify what I have written.—2 I see that we have struck on some quotations & points in common; but it has surprised me, as on the ornamentation of savages, how largely we have collected our facts from different sources.—3
I see we differ a good deal about “moral sense” or rather approach the subject from different points of view; but hardly two men ever do agree on this perplexing subject.— I expect that your book will be a great success.—4
I have not yet even looked at the Thysanura, which I shall always love after your description of their playing like lambs & the sweet coyness of the females.—5
Your note of the 16th about the Census did not reach me till 10 oclock on the 18th when it was too late to answer. Moreover, I understood from Dr Farr, that the detailed manner of putting the query wd be left to his Office6
My dear Lubbock | Yours most truly | Ch. Darwin
Thanks JL for his book [Origin of civilization (1870)], which he has read with "extreme interest". Wishes JL had published four or five months earlier as CD would have "so profited & saved so much work". CD will have to modify some of what he has written [in Descent]. Sees they differ a good deal about moral sense "but hardly two men ever do agree on this perplexing subject".
JL’s note of the 16th [see 7277] about the Census arrived too late for CD to answer.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7286,” accessed on 25 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7286