To John Lubbock [after 21 March 1872]1
My dear L.
Mr. F.2 has called this morning on my wife, but I did not see him as I was unwell.— He wishes that I shd write to you but I have very little to say. It seem that I misunderstood his plan, & there is no intention to abolish pews, only to alter their arrangement. & to this my wife has no sort of objection. Mr Ffinden is afraid that the paper which I & others signed may be used against his getting the proper faculty; but I conceive that this is error: anyhow I signed the paper solely to let you know what we thought, & shd not wish my signature to go further.3 The most serious point is that the Ecc. Commiss4 will not give their £300, unless your pew on each side of the altar is removed; this decision as I hear from [Mr] L. is not at all owing to Mr Ffinden.
Mr Ffinden is afraid, unless some arrangement can be come to before the vestry next week, that he will not only fail to get the £300 from the Commiss, but that he shall eventually be compelled to return the money that has been subscribed to the subscribers; & this certainly seems a great pity, as to necessary repairs, will then be thrown on the Parish alone.—5
Discusses problems of obtaining money for the alteration of Down church.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8128,” accessed on 23 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8128