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To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   24 April [1875]1


Ap 24

My dear Sanderson

I have just heard from Litchfield that he will very soon be able to send me revised copies of the bill, & I think I had better wait till I receive them before sending copies to Lyon Playfair & Lord Cardwell; so that there will be a little delay—2

I will write to Sir J. Lubbock this afternoon, asking him whether he will present our petition, & will inform you of his answer—

If he agrees, the petition could be sent direct to him either at Lombard St or to High Elms— Beckenham | Kent.3

I assume that you received my note telling about Lord Derby & the Home Sec—4

yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 23 April [1875] (Correspondence vol. 23).
The letter from Richard Buckley Litchfield has not been found, but see Correspondence vol. 23, letter to R. B. Litchfield, [24 April 1875]. CD and Burdon Sanderson wanted the support of Lyon Playfair and Edward Cardwell for a bill to regulate vivisection (see ibid., Appendix VI.
In the event, CD saw John Lubbock at Down; see Correspondence vol. 23, letter to J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 24 [April 1875]. Lubbock had a country seat at High Elms, near Down, and worked at the family bank in Lombard Street, London.


Richard Buckley Litchfield will soon be able to send CD revised copies of the bill.

Will write to Sir John Lubbock to ask if he will present the bill.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9948F,” accessed on 2 October 2023,