On the prospectus of Natural History Review. Suggests it might offer information on whether subjects that correspondents may wish to investigate have been done already.
Henrietta still very seriously ill.
My dear Huxley
I have been very glad to receive the circular today about the Review—a grand set of names as Editors!— I have sent in my name, of course, as subscriber.— But I write today merely just to say (as I know full well that we have had your sympathy & that your own great sorrow has not shut up your heart for others' sorrows) that my girl is well enough to be carried home today. Nevertheless I fear the Doctors think her health very precarious, there is great torpor in the mesentery.
Reading over the Prospectus it has occurred to me as just worth your consideration whether you would not offer to give your correspondents information, as far as lies in your power on any point which they may wish to investigate.— Many a country man has no power of ascertaining whether any subject has been investigated.— I feel this from being in this predicament myself & having had to write to lots of people to know whether a certain point (action of C. of Ammonia on sap of living plants) has been observed.—
Ever | My dear Huxley | Yours most truly | C. Darwin
- f1 2979.f1The year is given by the reference to the new editorial board of the Natural History Review.
- f2 2979.f2The editors included, in addition to Huxley, George Busk, William Benjamin Carpenter, Frederick Currey, Joseph Reay Greene, John Lubbock, Robert M'Donnell, Daniel Oliver, Philip Lutley Sclater, Charles Wyville Thomson, and Edward Perceval Wright.
- f3 2979.f3CD's copies of the Natural History Review (1861--5) are in the Darwin Library--CUL.
- f4 2979.f4Huxley's oldest son had died in September (see letter to T. H. Huxley, 18 September ).
- f5 2979.f5This service was not offered by the new series of the Natural History Review.