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To J. W. Lubbock   15 [January 1855]1


Monday 15th.

Dear Sir John Lubbock

I received your note yesterday, & this morning after breakfast I called on Mr. Baugh.2 I am extremely sorry to say that I have not been of slightest use, for he has actually already called at the office of the Commissioners & laid the case before them! I think I ought, also, to tell you that Mr. Baugh said if the Commissioners would not take up the case, as being out of their jurisdiction he would put it in a Court of Equity, & that he had had the case laid before some lawyer, who thought it a proper one for such Court, & that owing to the exclusion of the Clergy (as I understood) he (the lawyer) thought all the interest would have to be refunded.—

I endeavoured to oppose all this by urging the great loss to the Fund; but he said that probably he shd. (in such case) call a vestry at Farnborough, lay the whole correspondence before it, & endeavour & get up a subscription for law-expences.— I hinted that were you forced to give way, you had said that you could soon recover by withholding what you now do for the parishioners of Farnborough. I said nothing about the Archbishop.— But it is no use saying or doing anything.— He seems very determined, even more than before, & reiterated that he felt himself bound to act for the good of his Parish.—

I wish I could have been of any assistance, and | Pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin

I have taken a House (28 York Place Baker St) for a month, & we all move on Thursday morning; I hope to meet your son at some of the Scientific Soc.s. which I intend to attend.


Dated by the endorsement and by CD’s reference to travelling to London for an extended visit. The family rented the house in London from 18 January to 15 February.


CD called on Baugh but found him adamant; he has already laid the case before the [Charity] Commissioners and if necessary will take it to a Court of Equity.

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Charles Robert Darwin
John William Lubbock, 3d baronet
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The Royal Society (LUB: D22)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1631,” accessed on 1 March 2021,

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