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To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   24 [April 1875]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

24th. Evening

My dear Sanderson

I have seen Sir John. He thinks L. Playfair wd be the best man to present the petition, as he attends to medical subjects; but if Playfair objects on any grounds he will present it.2 He doubts about wisdom of any petition.— I showed him our bill & he thought this a far more important & useful proceeding, & suggested an alteration in Title & Preamble, giving it a more humanitarian aspect, & he thought this not a little important.— I have written to Litchfield & told him Sir John’s suggestion.—3

Sir J. thinks it wd be better that petition shd be presented to both Houses of Parliament.—

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

Will you ask L. Playfair?


The year and month are established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 23 April [1875].
CD refers to John Lubbock and Lyon Playfair and the petition to regulate vivisection (see letter to E. H. Stanley, 15 April 1875 and n. 2).


CD has seen Sir John [Lubbock] who suggests that L. Playfair would be the best man to present the [vivisection] petition, but thinks the proposed bill much more important and useful. JL also suggests that the bill be given a more humanitarian aspect and that it be presented to both Houses of Parliament.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9948,” accessed on 18 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23