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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Harriet Lubbock   [8 December 1856]1



Dear Lady Lubbock

I thank you cordially for your very great kindness in thinking of us, & being willing to take so much trouble to keep the house quiet. But Mrs. Darwin is going on perfectly well, & as Etty2 is not well, & Miss Thorley3 not with us, we think we had had better keep our little Boys at home, & we shall be able to get on perfectly well with them in the house.—

My wife desires me to give you her kindest thanks.— We have now half-a dozen Boys, which seems perfectly awful to me, but will seem less dreadful to you.—4 Permit me again to say how very sincerely I thank you for your great kindness, & believe me dear Lady Lubbock | Your Ladyship’s | Most truly obliged | Charles Darwin


The first Monday after the birth of Charles Waring Darwin.
Miss Thorley was the governess of the Darwin children until 6 January 1857 (Emma Darwin’s diary). Miss Pugh took her place in April 1857.
The Lubbocks had eight sons and three daughters.


Thanks her for kindness. Announces, "We have now half-a-dozen Boys" [Charles Waring Darwin, born 6 Dec].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Harriet Lubbock
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.141)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2015,” accessed on 16 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6