Invitation to THH and wife to come to Down to meet H. C. Watson, T. V. Wollaston, and the Hookers.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Huxley
The Hookers are coming here on the 22
A little change is good for man woman & beast, so do reflect favourably, & come if you can, & believe me | Your's most sincerely | Charles Darwin
Many thanks for the Abstract your lecture, which I was very glad to see
- f1 1847.f1The year is established by CD's invitation to Huxley to stay at Down (see n. 2, below).
- f2 1847.f2According to Emma Darwin's diary, Joseph Dalton Hooker and his wife Frances arrived at Down on 22 April 1856. Thomas Vernon Wollaston came on 25 April and the Huxleys on 26 April. No mention is made of Hewett Cottrell Watson.
- f3 1847.f3Huxley, Fullerian professor at the Royal Institution, delivered a course of lectures on physiology and comparative anatomy in 1856 (L. Huxley ed. 1900, 1: 138). One, entitled ‘On Physiology and Comparative Anatomy’, was advertised for 22 April 1856 (Medical Times & Gazette 12 (1856): 404). CD was subsequently invited to attend the lecture (see letter to T. H. Huxley, 9 April ).