skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Lubbock   24 April [1855]


Ap. 24th.—

Dear Lubbock

I do not see a word to correct or a suggestion to make on your Paper.1 It appears to me a nice & interesting notice, & I suppose you mean to send it to theannals.—2

I am not surprised at your not having time lately to do much, I am only astonished at your ever finding time to work at Nat. History.

I shall be delighted to see you whenever you may have leisure to come.— Next week I shall probably be from home.—

Have you any surplus stock of F. W. Mollusca3 for I want some for my little vivarium with its one plant of Anacharis.4

Most truly yours | C. Darwin

I was very sorry I was not able to come for both your last very kind invitations.—


Lubbock 1855, on the freshwater Entomostraca of South America, in which Lubbock described four of CD’s Beagle specimens of Crustacea. Three were identified as new species: Cypris australis (now classified incertae sedis), C. brasiliensis (a synonym of Chlamydotheca brasiliensis, and Daphnia brasiliensis.
John Lubbock’s first four papers on Entomostraca had all been published in the Annals and Magazine of Natural History in 1853 and 1854.
Freshwater Mollusca. CD wanted to see whether they could survive in salt-water. See Correspondence vol. 6.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Lubbock, John. 1855. On the freshwater Entomostraca of South America. [Read 7 May 1855.] Transactions of the Entomological Society of London n.s. 3: 232–40.


Praise for JL’s interesting paper ["On the freshwater entomostraca of South America", Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. n.s. 3 (1854–6): 232–46].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 263: 11 (EH 88206460)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1673,” accessed on 14 July 2024,

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