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To John Lubbock   16 August [1876]1

Aug 16th

My dear Sir John—

Your speech appears to all of us quite excellent—admirable—& I am very glad indeed to have heard it read aloud.—2 I send the Todas, which please keep, as long as you like, but let me have back some time.3

yours &c | C. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to Lubbock’s speech (see n. 2, below).
Lubbock had given a speech to the House of Commons at the second reading of the Cruelty to Animals Bill on 9 August 1876 (Hansard parliamentary debates 3d ser. vol. 231 (1876), cols 886–931).
CD sent A phrenologist amongst the Todas, or, the study of a primitive tribe in South India (W. E. Marshall 1873); CD’s annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 566–7).


Hansard parliamentary debates:

Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.

Marshall, William Elliot. 1873. A phrenologist amongst the Todas, or, the study of a primitive tribe in South India: history, character, customs, religion, infanticide, polyandry, language. London: Longmans, Green, and Co.


Glad to have heard JL’s admirable speech read aloud.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Sent from
Source of text
The British Library (Add MS 49644: 159)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10578,” accessed on 19 June 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24