The revelation about Darwin's inordinate passion for footwear caused an uproar in the media.
In his letter to the Queen Darwin withdrew his candidacy from nomination to the post of Chancellor of the Exchequer. A fragment of the letter was intercepted:
...that this, innocent by itself Hobby will be misused by my political Enemies. However, it is my best Judgment that my personal Enemies, as well as the Enemies of Your Majesty, especially the powerful Lobby I prefer to leave unnamed in this Letter...Which hitherto unknown incident caused Darwin's retreat from politics into natural sciences, his desire to put a distance between himself and the treacherous political eddies of Albion, his five-year voyage on HMS Beagle... the rest is history.
As it was planned all along by you know who.