skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Lubbock   23 July [1870]1

15, Lombard Street, E.C.

23 July

My dear Mr. Darwin

As you may perhaps have seen in the Times I brought forward the Cousin question at about half past one last night, or rather this morning.2

It would be desirable to get some members to speak to Mr Bruce on the subject.3 I read most of your letter to the House.4

I am glad you like my book.5 It is almost all sold.

Hoping to see you tomorrow I remain, dear Mr Darwin, | Yours most sincerely | John Lubbock


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Lubbock, 17 July 1870.
For the report on the second reading of the Census Bill, including Lubbock’s proposal that a question on cousin marriages be added, see The Times, 23 July 1870, pp. 7–8.
Henry Austin Bruce was the home secretary.


Brought forward the "cousin question" in the House; read most of CD’s letter to the House.

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: 20
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7287,” accessed on 7 March 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18