To J. W. Lubbock 28 March 
Dear Sir John
I am very sorry to find myself in opposition to you regarding the appointment of a Guardian,1 which I heard of only on Saturday night. When I nominated Mr Innes,2 I had not the least idea that the place was desired by anyone, or that there was any chance of opposition, otherwise assuredly I would first have consulted you. From all I have seen of Mr Innes’ conduct towards the poor & sick, I think he would make an excellent Guardian.—
I may mention that last year Mr Innes asked me whether I would stand as Guardian, & when I refused, he proposed to me to nominate him, which I did,—he having heard from Mr W. Fox Junr ,3 that Mr Smith4 wished to resign. This proved to be a misapprehension on Mr Fox’s part; & as soon as Mr Innes heard this, he withdrew my nomination, & in place sent in a fresh nomination for Mr Smith.— Under these circumstances Mr Innes is not now willing to withdraw.— I have now told you everything about the transaction, as far as I know or am concerned with it.—
Perhaps you will attend the Vestry,5 where I hope to be tomorrow, & will communicate with me on the subject.
Pray believe me dear Sir John, | Your’s faithfully | Charles Darwin Sir John W. Lubbock Bart | &c &c
You will, I suppose, have heard that Mr Smith of Down Court has likewise been nominated as Guardian by Mr Ainslie.—6
Distressed to find himself in conflict with JWL on appointment of a Guardian [for the parish].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1563,” accessed on 21 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1563