Surprised at Kölliker's misunderstanding; of Flourens he could have believed anything.
Oct. 5. 1864
My dear Darwin
I was very glad to see your hand writing (in ink) again and none the less on account of the pretty words into which it was shaped
It is a great pleasure to me that you like the article for it was written very hurriedly and I did not feel sure when I had done, that I had always rightly represented your views—
Hang the two scalps up in your wigwam!
Flourens I could have believed anything of: but how a man of Köllikers real intelligence & ability could have so misunderstood the question is more than I can comprehend
It will be a thousand pities however, if my review interferes with your saying something on the subject yourself— Unless it should give you needless work I heartily wish you would
Everybody tells me I am looking so exceedingly well that I am ashamed to say a word to the contrary— But the fact is I get no exercise & a great deal of bothering work on our Commission's Course & though much fatter (indeed a regular bloater myself) I am not up to the mark
Next year I will have a real holiday—
I am a bachelor My wife and belongings being all at that beautiful place, Margate— When I came back I found them all looking so seedy that I took them off bag & baggage to that, as the handiest place, before a week was over— They are wonderfully improved already— my wife especially being abundantly provided with her favourite East wind— Your Godson is growing a very sturdy fellow—and I begin to puzzle my head with thinking what he is & what he is not to be taught—
Please to remember me very kindly to M
- f1 4627.f1See letter to T. H. Huxley, 3 October . When CD was ill, he often wrote in pencil (see letter from J. D. Hooker, [26 or 27 April 1864] and n. 2).
- f2 4627.f2The reference is to [T. H. Huxley] 1864a. See letter to T. H. Huxley, 3 October  and nn. 2 and 4--5.
- f3 4627.f3In [T. H. Huxley] 1864a, Huxley had answered the criticisms of CD's views by Rudolf Albert von Kölliker and Marie Jean Pierre Flourens.
- f4 4627.f4Huxley was serving on the Commission appointed to inquire into the sea-fisheries of the United Kingdom (see letter to T. H. Huxley, 3 October  and n. 6, and DNB).
- f5 4627.f5Henrietta Anne Huxley and the Huxleys' five surviving children, Jessie Oriana, Marian, Leonard, Rachel, and Nettie; Henrietta was pregnant with their seventh child, Henry (Clark 1968).
- f6 4627.f6Margate is a town on the Isle of Thanet in north-east Kent; in common with many other seaside towns, it was a popular place of resort for convalescents (see Walton 1983, pp. 11--20, and Corbin 1994, pp. 69--72).
- f7 4627.f7Leonard Huxley (A. Desmond 1994--7, 1: 289--91).
- f8 4627.f8Emma Darwin.