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To John Lubbock   16 [December 1862]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.


My dear Lubbock

You are right, I am a selfish dog.— I am aghast at all you have to do.2 In a day or two I will do my best (but I confess to sighs & groans) to give your readers a brief notion of Bates’ paper; how far I shall succeed, I know not.—3

I wonder what you are going to Lecture on at Royal. Instn4

Most truly yours | C. Darwin


The date is established by the relationship to the letter from John Lubbock, 15 December 1862.
Lubbock was one of the editors of the Natural History Review; CD’s review of Bates 1862a appeared in the April 1863 number of the journal (‘Review of Bates on mimetic butterflies’).
Lubbock’s lecture, ‘On the ancient lake-habitations of Switzerland’ (Lubbock 1863c), was delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on 27 February 1863.


Bates, Henry Walter. 1862. Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon valley. Coleoptera: Longicornes. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 3d ser. 9: 117–24, 396–405, 446–58.

‘Review of Bates on mimetic butterflies’: [Review of "Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon valley", by Henry Walter Bates.] [By Charles Darwin.] Natural History Review n.s. 3 (1863): 219–24. [Collected papers 2: 87–92.]


H. W. Bates’s paper; CD will review it. ["Mimetic butterflies" (1863), Collected papers 2: 87–92.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
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Source of text
DAR 263
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3864,” accessed on 21 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10