Thanks for a contribution ["On the so-called ""auditory-sac"" of cirripedes", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1863): 115–16; Collected papers 2: 85–7]. Is sending a proof.
This year's lecture to working men to be devoted to CD's book.
My dear Darwin
`The smallest contribution thankfully received' from you—
You shall receive a proof in due time
Ever | Yours truly | T H Huxley
I can't find anything to talk to the working men about this year but your book— I mean to give them a commentary à la Coke upon Lyttleton.—
- f1 3756.f1The year is established by the reference to T. H. Huxley 1863b (see n. 3, below).
- f2 3756.f2The reference is apparently to CD's notice, ```Auditory-sac'' of Cirripedes', which was published in the January 1863 number of the Natural History Review (see letter to Natural History Review, [before 10 October 1862]). Huxley was editor-in-chief of the Natural History Review.
- f3 3756.f3The Government School of Mines in Jermyn Street, London, at which Huxley was professor of natural history, ran a popular series of lectures for artisans every winter. In 1862, Huxley's lecture series was entitled `On our knowledge of the causes of the phenomena of organic nature' (T. H. Huxley 1863b; see Bibby 1959, pp. 97--100 and Montagu ed. 1968, pp. vi--vii). The reference is to the commentary by Edward Coke (Coke 1628) on Thomas Littleton's fifteenth-century treatise on English law (Littleton c. 1481), commonly referred to as `Coke upon Littleton' (B. E. Smith 1894, D. M. Walker 1980).