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From John Lubbock   9 May 1880

High Elms

9 May 80


Dear Mr Darwin

All is going well as far as we can judge at the University, but Jessel is no doubt a very formidable opponent.1

There is a Dr Hearne at Southampton Also

Rev. H. H. Carlisle


Do you think your son could say a word to them?3

Ever | Yours very truly | John Lubbock


Lubbock was standing for election as MP for the University of London; George Jessel, master of the rolls and a graduate of the University of London, was one of his opponents (Finestein 1953–5, p. 278).
Edwin Hearne and Henry Hermann Carlisle were graduates of the University of London (Historical record of the University of London 1: 343, 425).
William Erasmus Darwin was a banker in Southampton.


Finestein, Israel. 1953–5. Sir George Jessel, 1824–1883. Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England 18: 243–83.

Historical record of the University of London: The historical record (1836–1912): being a supplement to the Calendar. 2 vols. London: Hodder & Stoughton. 1912–26.


Writes regarding an [unspecified] election at a university. JL wonders whether William Darwin would speak to two Southampton men about it.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Charles Robert Darwin
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High Elms
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 157
Physical description
ALS 2pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12600,” accessed on 5 February 2023,