Approves drawing. No one who cannot draw should attempt to be a naturalist. Suggests corrections to [Lepas?] drawing. Comments on position of ganglia, cement glands, and stomach.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Huxley
I think your Diagrams will do very well.— What an advantage to be able to
sketch easily! no one has a right to attempt to be a naturalist who
cannot.— I have made a few pencil marks—
The chief correction is the position of the great ganglion, which ought to be more to
left-hand.— I never cd
I think the stomach ought to be larger, though of course there is some variability in its size according to its contents &c. in same species.—
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 1759.f1The date is based on annotations on related drawings among the Huxley papers indicating that Huxley collected specimens and prepared drawings of marine invertebrates, probably for use in his natural history lectures at the Government School of Mines, during his stay in Tenby in August and September 1855. Huxley had given his first series of twenty-four lectures commencing in November 1854. The 1855–6 series was extended to fifty lectures and, according to an announcement in the Athenæum, 16 February 1856, commenced on 20 February 1856. Some of the diagrams prepared at Tenby in 1855 appeared in the published versions of these lectures (printed in the Medical Times and Gazette during 1856 and 1857), and the cirripede drawings accompanying this letter were used in the published lecture on the Cirripedia (see n. 4, below).
- f2 1759.f2Julian Huxley wrote of his grandfather: ‘Huxley was a great scientist and a great man of letters; if he had had time and opportunity he would have been a great artist as well.’ (J. S. Huxley ed. 1935, p. 5). On Huxley's skill as an illustrator, see Newth and Turlington 1956.
- f3 1759.f3See letter to T. H. Huxley, 29 [September 1855].
- f4 1759.f4The published versions of the Lepas and Balanus drawings (T. H. Huxley 1857) show that Huxley made the revisions suggested by CD.