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From John Lubbock   2 November [1868]1

2 Nov

Dear Mr. Darwin

Do you think you could lend us your carriage for the polling day?2

There are now so many voters in Down & Farnboro & Cudham that it would be a great help if you could kindly do so.3

Believe me | Yours most sincerely | John Lubbock


The year is established by the reference to the parliamentary election (see n. 2, below).
Lubbock was one of two Liberal candidates in the western division of Kent in the general election held in November 1868; polling in this division took place on 23 November (The Times, 21 November 1868, p. 7).
Down, Farnborough, and Cudham were parishes in the western division of Kent. The polling place for these voters was the nearby town of Bromley (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1866).


Post Office directory of the six home counties: Post Office directory of the six home counties, viz., Essex, Herts, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex. London: W. Kelly & Co. 1845–78.


Would like to borrow CD’s carriage on polling day.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 170: 65
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6443,” accessed on 18 January 2022,

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