Letter from Charles Darwin to Sir John Lubbock

Charles Darwin

The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

Darwin thanks Lubbock for agreeing to the rental of adjoining land in order to provide a sheltered walk. This would become known as the Sandwalk, or Darwin's 'thinking path'.


  • Title: Letter from Charles Darwin to Sir John Lubbock
  • Creator: Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882)
  • Date Created: 1846-01-16
  • Transcript:
    Down. |Friday|Dear Sir John|I cannot forbear sending you our cordial thanks for the kind manner in which you have acceded to all our wishes about the little piece of land. If you were to feel how exposed we are to every wind under Heaven, you would understand our strong wish to have one sheltered walk, and I look forward to considerable amusement in tending & pruning the trees.|Pray believe me | dear Sir John | Your?s very faithfully | C. Darwin
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  • Rights: Copyright The Royal Society, 2018
  • External Link: See a full transcription of this letter and others at the Darwin Correspondence Project
  • Scientist: Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882)
  • Field: Biology
  • Catalogue Reference: JWL/D16

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