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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John William Lubbock   [16 January 1846]1



Dear Sir John

I cannot forbear sending you our cordial thanks for the kind manner in which you have acceded to all our wishes about the little piece of land. If you were to feel how exposed we are to every wind under Heaven, you would understand our strong wish to have one sheltered walk, and I look forward to considerable amusement in tending & pruning the trees.

Pray believe me | dear Sir John | Your’s very faithfully | C. Darwin


In an agreement with J. W. Lubbock dated 12 January 1846 (DAR 210.15), CD agreed to pay a rent of £1 12s. annually for a term of 21 years for 112 acres of land adjoining the Down House property. CD further agreed to plant the land with ‘Underwood, Shrubs and Trees’ and to construct a fence. The famous sandwalk, CD’s ‘thinking path’, is in this strip (see Atkins 1974, pp. 25–6).


Atkins, Hedley J. B. 1974. Down, the home of the Darwins: the story of a house and the people who lived there. London: Royal College of Surgeons.


Thanks JWL for having acceded to CD’s wish to acquire a piece of land to provide a sheltered walk at Down.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John William Lubbock, 3d baronet
Sent from
Source of text
The Royal Society (LUB: D16)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 942,” accessed on 14 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3