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To John William Lubbock   6 September [1853]


Sept. 6th.

Dear Sir John

I am much obliged to you for informing me about the school, of which I had heard nothing for a long time.— I shall be extremely glad to attend the Vestry, & give the scheme my cordial support in that, and in any other way.— I have always heard that the late Sir John Lubbock was much interested in schools; & I do not think a more noble memorial could possibly be made to anyone, than by a school for the poor.1

Pray believe me | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin Sir J. W. Lubbock Bart.


John William Lubbock, 2d Baronet, had died in 1840. John William Lubbock, 3d Baronet, had been a member of the committee of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge from 1829 and was active in promoting the education of the poor. See also letter to J. W. Lubbock, 11 October [1853], concerning the establishment of a school in Down.


Will give his support to a school for the poor to be a memorial to the late Sir John Lubbock.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John William Lubbock, 3d baronet
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Source of text
The Royal Society (LUB: D18)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1530,” accessed on 7 December 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5