CD is furious at the prospect of Lankester’s being black-balled by the Linnean Society. He plans to solicit support from various members and to come up with Frank for the voting.
2. Bryanston St
My dear Hooker
I have not felt so angry for years, & could hardly get to sleepafter receiving your letter last night.f2 I will urge Frank (now inN. Wales) to get admitted on Jan 25th. & we will come & vote together.—I shall feel it a duty to come up, & will attend, if my head willpossibly allow me.f3 I hope & think that the voting is before the papersare read aloud.— I will call on Allmanf4 one of these firstmornings, as I want much to hear who the malcontents are. It seems to me themost disgraceful act which any scientific Socy. has done in my time.—I wish that I knew what the malcontents have to say for themselves.—I will speak to Romanes to get admitted so as to vote.—f5 I wishthat I had got a list of members to see whether there is anyone whom I could interest. What a waste of time & good feelings theseblackguards cause.
Ever affecty. yours | C. Darwin
I am off in an hour’s time to Huxley & will hear what he says.—f6
I have come back from Huxley but he does not know who the Malcontentsare.