THH rejects GGS's charges. Chides him with possibility that if he substituted "Falconer" for "Busk" he might have done it also for "excluded" and "omitted".
My dear Stokes—
I am quite puzzled by the sarcastic tone of the last paragraph of your note of yesterday. I am not aware that I ever abused referees for keeping papers—or attacked the secretary for not stirring them up— I do recollect once getting a resolution of Council that referees should be stirred up, passed; but that has so long become a dead letter that you cannot be thinking of it.
The fact is I have not been at all remiss in `getting on with my own' paper— The artist is keeping me waiting & I have stirred him up over & over again— Perhaps you will try your hand now.
Now it is my turn to have a little chaff, as we have taken to that line— Don't you think that ``As Falconer : Busk " excluded : omitted'' is a good rule of three sum—?; and that our worthy & usually very accurate secretary, who could make the one mistake in writing, might (without too great sin) be supposed to have made the other in reading—?
Ever yours very faithfully | T. H. Huxley
P.S. The above problem in proportion is of course of a private character—
- f1 4711.f1See letter from G. G. Stokes to T. H. Huxley, 8 December 1864.
- f2 4711.f2See letter from G. G. Stokes to T. H. Huxley, 8 December 1864 and n. 4.
- f3 4711.f3T. H. Huxley 1864b. The illustrator was J. Erxleben.
- f4 4711.f4Huxley refers to Hugh Falconer and George Busk. See letters from T. H. Huxley to G. G. Stokes, 6 December 1864 and 8 December 1864, and letter from G. G. Stokes to T. H. Huxley, 7 December 1864.
- f5 4711.f5Stokes was a secretary of the Royal Society of London.