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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. W. Lubbock   [December 1848–9]1


Dear Sir John

I am much obliged to you for taking the trouble to send me the drawings & Coins.—

I know so little of English rocks, that I cannot tell you what the stone is; it is very like what is formed on borders of coral-reefs & most islands in the Tropical seas, where shells are abundant.

Yours sincerely | C. Darwin


The date range is that of the stationery with the broad mourning border, as in the letter to Lubbock, [December 1848 – 1849] (calendar number 1212).


Obliged for drawings and coins. Cannot tell what the stone is.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John William Lubbock, 3d baronet
Sent from
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1210,” accessed on 19 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4