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From John Lubbock   20 December 1864


20 Dec 64

My dear Mr. Darwin

You will of course have seen in the Presidents Address the manner in which he alludes to the “Origin of Species”.1

I am much vexed about it, but would like to know your feeling on the subject if it would not bore you to write.2

Believe me always | Yours affec | John Lubbock

C Darwin Esq


Lubbock refers to Edward Sabine’s address, delivered at the meeting of the Royal Society of London on 30 November 1864. The address described the basis on which CD had been awarded the Copley Medal, and included some controversial remarks on Origin. Edited versions of the address appeared in the Reader, 3 December 1864, pp. 708–9, and the Athenæum, 3 December 1864, p. 748. See letter from Hugh Falconer, 2 December 1864 and n. 3. For a discussion of the controversy surrounding Sabine’s address, see Correspondence vol. 12, Appendix IV.


Vexed at the address of the President of the Royal Society [on award of Copley medal to CD].

Letter details

Letter no.
John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 170: 49
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4719,” accessed on 22 April 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12