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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Lubbock   [2 August 1861]1




My dear Lubbock

This is a P.S. to my letter posted a few hours ago.

Mr Hacon seems to think that Mr Atherley wishes for William for only some 10 or 12 years until his son is grown up, & then that William is to be turned off without permission to join any Bank in Hampshire.— Now the question is, if you will be so very kind as to advise Mr Hacon, whether, (as it seems to me) this is being too suspicious, or whether anything can be done reasonably to save William from this which no doubt would be as bad an ending to his life as could well be.— If he had power of joining any other Bank in Southampton if dismissed by Mr A. there would be some very slight check to his being dismissed without grounds.

But I do not know whether it is usual or wise to look so far ahead. It seems to me there must be risk; both sides must be free after a certain period.— If we knew that Mr A. intended to keep William as a partner only till his son grew up, it would not be worth joining.

Oh good Heavens how much more difficult Business is than Natural History!

Ever yours | CDarwin

Pray, I beg you, not trouble yourself to write to me, I shall hear from Mr Hacon what you say, & that is enough & far more than enough trouble for you.—2


Asks JL’s advice about details of William’s proposed banking partnership. CD’s solicitor is suspicious of Atherley’s long-term intentions.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
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Source of text
DAR 263: 50 (EH 88206494)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3225,” accessed on 23 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9