RECORD: Lubbock, John. 1882.04.25. Letter to William Erasmus Darwin. CUL-DAR215.6e. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2021. Corrections by Anne Secord 4.2022. RN2

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[To WED]

House of Commons

25 April 82

My dear Darwin

I quite sympathise with your feeling, as personally should greatly have preferred that your father should have rested in Down amongst us all.


It is I am sure quite understood that the initiation was not taken by you. Still from a national point of view it is clearly right that he should be buried in the Abbey.

I esteem it a great privilege to be allowed to accompany my dear master to the grave.

Believe me

Yours most sincerely,

John Lubbock

W. E. Darwin

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