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To John William Lubbock   28 [June 1856 – January 1865?]1



Dear Sir John Lubbock

I am very much obliged for your invitation to dinner on the 30th & I shd. have very much liked to have come, but my health has been so indifferent of late that I have resolved not to dine out for the next few weeks or months till I get better.—

With many thanks for your kindness, I am, dear Sir John Lubbock | Your’s truly obliged | Ch. Darwin


The date range is conjectured from the letter’s position in file in which it is contained at the Royal Society of London, and from Lubbock’s death in 1865. The letter is at the end of its file, following the letter to J. W. Lubbock, 27 May [1856] (Correspondence vol. 6). Lubbock died 20 June 1865 (DNB); in his letter to CD, 22 and 26 March 1865, his son, John Lubbock, reported that his father was ‘far from well’. John William Lubbock lived at High Elms in Down (Post Office directory of the six home counties).


Regrets he cannot accept dinner invitation.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John William Lubbock, 3d baronet
Sent from
Source of text
The Royal Society (LUB: D26)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1880,” accessed on 21 June 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)