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To John Lubbock   [September 1854]1



Dear Lubbock

I do not know whether you care about Beetles, but for the chance I send this in a Bottle, which, I never remember having seen, though it is excessively rash to speak from a 26 year old remembrance. Whenever we meet you can tell me whether you know it.—

I have been so much interested by Westwood, that I have ordered a copy.2 I feel like an old war-horse at the sound of the trumpet, when I read about the capturing of rare beetles— is not this a magnanimous simile for a decayed entomologist. It really almost makes me long to begin collecting again.

Adios.— “Floreat Entomologia”, to which toast at Cambridge, I have drunk many a glass of wine,3 so again “Floreat Entomologia”. N.B. I have not now been drinking any glasses full of wine.

Your’s | C. D.—


Dated on the basis of CD’s reference to Westwood 1839–40 (see n. 2, below).
Westwood 1839–40. CD’s annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL. He recorded having read it on 25 September 1854 (Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV, 128: 10).
See CD’s correspondence with his cousin William Darwin Fox during their time as undergraduates in Cambridge (Correspondence vol. 1).


Sends beetle he cannot identify.

Reading J. O. Westwood [Introduction to the modern classification of insects (1839–40)] has reawakened his passion for entomology.

Letter details

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Darwin, C. R.
Lubbock, John
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DAR 263: 8 (EH 88206457)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1585,” accessed on 22 October 2016,