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To John Lubbock   14 [July 1855]1



Dear Lubbock.

To prevent you taking more trouble in vain, I write to say that I got yesterday some more & enough specimens of Helix pomatia for my Snailery.—2

Very many & hearty thanks for your splendid Lepidoptera Books, which my Boys study with great interest.3 Please do not forget sometime the number of acres in Larch wood, & when planted. We have now collected in it about 115 species of plants.4

Yours most truly | C. Darwin

P.S. | I forget whether you know Mr. Leonard Horner. He comes here on Monday with his family & if you would like to meet him, I much hope that you will dine with us on Tuesday next at 7 oclock. The Carters (who are staying at Colonel Cators House) will be with us, & the Innes’.—5 If so inclined, I hope that you will come.—

C. D


The date is confirmed by an entry in Emma Darwin’s diary. Leonard and Anne Susan Horner and Susan and Joanna arrived on 16 July; ‘Mr H. Carter & Alice’ were included at the dinner party on the 17th, a Tuesday. The Carters were staying with John Farnaby Cator of Hayes, Kent. John Innes was perpetual curate of Down.
CD had previously asked Lubbock for some freshwater snails to put in his vivarium (see letter to John Lubbock, 24 April [1855]).
See letter to G. R. Waterhouse, 8 July [1855], in which CD sought advice on systematic entomology books for William and George Darwin.
CD described his plan to collect all the species in a circumscribed area in his letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 June [1855].
See n. 1, above.


CD has more specimens of Helix pomatia.

Thanks for Lepidoptera book.

Invites JL to dinner.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Sent from
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.621)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1831,” accessed on 23 July 2024,

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