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From John Lubbock   28 February 1863

15, Lombard Street. E.C.

28 Feb/63

My dear Mr. Darwin

Unless I hear from you to the contrary I will come up to dinner on Monday.1

Yours affec | John Lubbock


Lubbock probably did not dine with the Darwins on 2 March 1863, as CD was ill; Emma Darwin recorded his condition in her diary (DAR 242): he was ‘sick several times’ during the course of the week, ‘faint in night’, and ‘languid & heavy’ every morning. Charles and Mary Elizabeth Lyell had been invited to stay at Down House for a few days at this time, from 1 to 4 March 1863, but their visit was cancelled (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 March [1863]).


Will come to dine on Monday unless he hears to the contrary.

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: 37
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4017,” accessed on 24 March 2023,

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