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From John Lubbock   6 January [1863]1

15, Lombard Street. E.C.

6 Jan. /62

My dear Mr. Darwin

It would require a series of surly letters before I should think that you meant anything, but in this case I had not noticed it, but am glad that you should have thought so as it produced your kind letter received this morning.2

I am very glad that you approve both of my articles & of the number generally, but we have not it seems to me enough variety.3 Falconer’s article is certainly very interesting & capitally written.4 I wonder what you are thinking of doing about Owen?5

Do get better6 & believe me | Yours affec | John Lubbock


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Lubbock, 4 January [1863]; Lubbock wrote ‘/62’ in error.
In his letter to Lubbock of 4 January [1863], CD apologised for writing ‘surlily’.
Lubbock was one of the editors of the Natural History Review. The number for January 1863 contained two review articles by Lubbock ([Lubbock] 1863a and [Lubbock] 1863b), which CD praised in his letter to Lubbock of 4 January [1863].
Falconer 1863a was also published in the January 1863 number of the Natural History Review.
See letter to John Lubbock, 4 January [1863]. For CD’s comments on the conduct of Richard Owen towards Hugh Falconer and others, and his intended action, see the letter to J. D. Hooker, 3 January [1863].


Is pleased by CD’s praise of his article.

Hugh Falconer’s is certainly interesting.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Lombard St, 15
Source of text
DAR 170: 24
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3903,” accessed on 27 May 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11