RECORD: Lubbock, John. 1882.04.23. Letter to William Erasmus Darwin. CUL-DAR215.6d. 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 and William Huxley Darwin.

"Lubbock, Sir John, Bart, 1834 Apr. 30-1913 May 28. First child of Sir John William L. Statesman, banker and man of science. Home: High Elms near Down. L was the closest of CD's younger friends and frequent visitor to Down House from childhood. CD discussed evolution with before Origin. Biography: Hutchinson, Life of Lord Avebury, 2 vols., 1914." (Paul van Helvert & John van Wyhe, Darwin: A Companion, 2021)


[To WED]


23 April 82

My dear Darwin

It is very right that your father should be buried in the Abbey, though individually I should of course have preferred that he should have rested in our quiet little Churchyard at Down, where some day


I should have joined him.

Of course I shall come to the funeral, & shall esteem it an honor to be one of the Pallbearers.

You would have been gratified at the feeling expressed in the House of Commons, & the very general desire that the Dean should assent to our request.

I am yours most sincerely

John Lubbock

W E Darwin Esq

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