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From E. F. Lubbock   [18 November 1870]1

Dear Mr. Darwin

Could you come here to luncheon tomorrow? You don’t know how glad we should be. You will find here Mr. Forster, Mr. Arthur Russell, Mr. Hobhouse, & Lord E. Fitzmaurice,2 who would all think it a great privilege to meet you.

Please come, if you are well enough: John has nearly finished his Thysanura book—3

With kind regards to Mrs. Darwin, and all, I remain yours most sincerely | Ellen Lubbock


The date is established by an entry for 19 November 1870 in Arthur Russell’s diary (private collection); the entry reads, ‘I left for Orpington and High Elms | Lord Edmond Fitzmaurice, Wm Forster (the Right Honorable) and Arthur Hobhouse came to dine’.
William Edward Forster, Arthur Hobhouse, and Edmond Fitzmaurice.
John Lubbock’s Monograph of the Collembola and Thysanura was published by the Ray Society in 1873 (Lubbock 1873a); CD read proofs of the book in 1871 (see Correspondence vol. 19, letter to John Lubbock, 12 August [1871]). CD evidently did not attend the luncheon.


John Lubbock has nearly finished his Thysanura book [Monograph of the Collembola and Thysanura (1873)].

Letter details

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Ellen Frances Hordern/Ellen Frances Lubbock
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 170: 13
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7789,” accessed on 8 May 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24 (Supplement)