RECORD: Lubbock, John, et al. 1882.04.21. Letter to the Dean of Westminster. CUL-DAR215.4c-d. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2021. RN1

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library.

"Bradley, George Granville, 1821-1903. 1881-1902 Dean of Westminster Abbey. 1882 B's name is on admission cards for CD's funeral. He was abroad at the time and sent his consent for CD's burial in Westminster Abbey by telegram in French "Oui sans aucune h├ęsitation regrette mon absence"." (Paul van Helvert & John van Wyhe, Darwin: A Companion, 2021)


Copy letter to Dean of Westminster

House of Commons

21 April 82

Very Rev. Sir

We hope you will not think we are taking a liberty if we venture to suggest that it would be acceptable to a very large number of our countrymen of all classes and opinions that our illustrious countryman Mr. Darwin should be buried in Westminster Abbey

We remain

your ob. servants


John Lubbock, Nevil Story Maskelyne, A. J. Mundella, G. 0. Trevelyan, Lyon Playfair, Charles W. Dilke, David Wedderburn, Arthur Russell, Horace Davey, Benjamin Armitage, Richard B. Martin, Frances W. Buxton, E. L. Stanley, Henry Broadhurst, John Barran, J. F. Cheetham, H. S. Holland, H. Campbell-Bannerman, Charles Bruce, Richard Fort.


The Dean being absent abroad telegraphed 'Oui sans aucune h├ęsitation regrette mon absence' in answer to the question whether he consented to the funeral taking place in the abbey

G. H. D

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