Asks JWL to use his influence to forward the appointment of T. H. Huxley to the Examinership in Physiology and Comparative Anatomy at University of London. Gives details of THH's qualifications.
Dear Sir John Lubbock
I hope that you will forgive me troubling you, & this note requires no
answer.— I believe that you are interested in the University of London
& have influence there.— My friend,
He is Palæontologist in the Museum of Practical Geology, & they have never selected any but the best men.— He has lately been lecturing on Physiology at the Royal Institution. He has published several papers in the Phil: Transact, on comparative anatomy which papers were honoured by the Royal Medal, & have been translated into German.— His acquaintance with foreign literature in Nat. History is remarkably accurate & extensive. And lastly he gained when a medical Student in London the Gold Medal for Physiology.
I hope that you will forgive my bringing M
I was extremely sorry that I was not able to come to dinner yesterday.—
- f1 1877.f1See the letter to T. H. Huxley, 27 May for the basis of this date.
- f2 1877.f2William Benjamin Carpenter resigned his lectureships and other offices when he was appointed registrar of London University (DNB). The university was primarily an administrative and examining body (EB).
- f3 1877.f3Thomas Henry Huxley was appointed to the examinership on 9 July 1856, a position he held until 1870 (L. Huxley ed. 1900, 1: 148, and Pingree 1968, p. 59).
- f4 1877.f4Huxley and John Lubbock shared common interests in the morphology of invertebrates. They had recently been guests at CD's house (see letter to John Lubbock, 24 April ).
- f5 1877.f5Huxley won a gold medal for anatomy and physiology upon his graduation in 1845 from London University (DNB).