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From Ellen Frances Lubbock   [before 31 August 1868]1

Dear Mr. Darwin

John invited several of the foreign gentlemen here, but they can none of them come, I am sorry to say—except Prof Nilsson, who has left it doubtful.2 If any of them should be able to come after all, John will bring them to see you.

We had a most successful meeting at Norwich, & the “Prehistoric” was the most crowded section of all.3

Believe me, dear Mr. Darwin, always yours most sincerely | Ellen F Lubbock


The date is established from the fact that the letter must have been written between the end of the meetings in Norwich (see n. 3, below), and the Lubbocks’ visit to the Darwins on 31 August 1868 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).
John Lubbock probably invited to his home, High Elms, some of the people attending the Norwich meetings of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Congress for Prehistoric Archaeology. Joseph Dalton Hooker had passed on a query of CD’s to Sven Nilsson in Norwich (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 30 August 1868).
The British Association met at Norwich from 19 to 26 August 1868; at the same time, the International Congress for Prehistoric Archaelogy was meeting in Norwich under the presidency of John Lubbock (J. D. Hooker 1868, p. lix).


Hooker, Joseph Dalton. 1868. Address of the president. Report of the thirty-eighth meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, held at Norwich, pp. lviii–lxxv.


Sven Nilsson may visit John Lubbock.

Norwich [BAAS] meeting was most successful.

Letter details

Letter no.
Ellen Frances Hordern/Ellen Frances Lubbock
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 170: 12
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6338,” accessed on 23 May 2024,

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