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From William Farr   6 August 1870

General Register Office | Somerset House

1870 Aug 6

My dear Sir

I am glad Sir John Lubbock—made the fight he did.1

It must be kept up.

The Inquiry might be undertaken—through private channels—& a friend of mine has inserted a notice in the Lancet—of which the Editor has sent you a copy.2

I shall at all times support—and endeavor to give effect to any suggestions you throw out. Someday—I want to talk to you about zymotic diseases—biads3 & monads—but shall not intrude until your opus majus4 is out.

I am my dear Sir | ever yours faithfully | W. Farr


Farr refers to an amendment to the Census Bill of 1870 (see letter from William Farr, 16 July 1870 and nn. 1 and 2).
The friend has not been identified. A notice, ‘The census of 1871’, criticising the failure of the committee of the House of Commons to adopt the amendment, appeared in the ‘Medical Annotations’ section of the Lancet, 6 August 1870, p. 195. CD’s copy of the notice has not been found.
‘Biad’: evidently a coinage by Farr.
Farr refers to Descent. Opus majus: greater work (Latin).


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Is glad John Lubbock made the fight he did [to amend Census Bill to enable insertion of questions on consanguineous marriages].

Letter details

Letter no.
William Farr
Charles Robert Darwin
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General Register Office
Source of text
DAR 164: 33
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7296,” accessed on 29 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18