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Letter 4627

Huxley, T. H. to Darwin, C. R.

5 Oct 1864

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    Surprised at Kölliker's misunderstanding; of Flourens he could have believed anything.

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    Family news.


Jermyn St

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 Mrs Darwin | & believe me | Ever yours faithfully | T H Huxley

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    f1 4627.f1
    See letter to T. H. Huxley, 3 October [1864]. When CD was ill, he often wrote in pencil (see letter from J. D. Hooker, [26 or 27 April 1864] and n. 2).
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    The reference is to [T. H. Huxley] 1864a. See letter to T. H. Huxley, 3 October [1864] and nn. 2 and 4--5.
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    In [T. H. Huxley] 1864a, Huxley had answered the criticisms of CD's views by Rudolf Albert von Kölliker and Marie Jean Pierre Flourens.
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    Huxley was serving on the Commission appointed to inquire into the sea-fisheries of the United Kingdom (see letter to T. H. Huxley, 3 October [1864] and n. 6, and DNB).
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    Henrietta 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).
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    Margate 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).
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    Leonard Huxley (A. Desmond 1994--7, 1: 289--91).
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    Emma Darwin.
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