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To John Lubbock   15 June [1868]1

Down, Bromley, Kent

June 15th.

My dear Sir John

I have been looking into the Nat. School Accounts, which is very necessary under present circumstances, and should be very much obliged if you would enquire whether any Interest has been paid to Mr. Horsman this year. I hope not. I do not know when interest is usually paid, but if half-year’s interest is due or will soon be due, I should be glad to receive it, as I will temporarily keep accounts for the school, and have made advances for it.2 As yet I have not received from Mr. Horsman the small Balance in hand from last year.—

Shall you be at home next Sunday and might I come a little before 1 o’clock to lunch with you, for it is an age since I have seen you. If I may come, you will understand that I am not well, if I do not appear punctually.— Many thanks for “Annals” which shall be returned in a day or two.—3

My dear Lubbock | Yours most sincerely | C. Darwin

I am sorry to bother you about so small an affair as our School accounts, but it was necessary to see how affairs stood.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. B. Innes, 15 June [1868].
The publication referred to has not been identified. CD took the Annals and Magazine of Natural History himself: his copies are among the unbound journals in the Darwin Libary–CUL.


Has been looking at the school accounts. Has any interest been paid to S. J. O’H. Horsman this year? CD will keep accounts temporarily; he has not yet received from Horsman the balance in hand from last year.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 146: 120
Physical description
C 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6245,” accessed on 13 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16