Has done nothing since 1 May. Slowly getting better under Bence Jones's diet.
The Reader has been sold – would regret its failure as a newspaper for general science.
Pangenesis is recovering from shock it received from THH's criticism.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Huxley
I was rejoiced to see your hand writing with a good account of your family & of
Poor dear Hooker seems to have had a most serious illness, but he seems as vigorous as
ever in mind, judging from a long & pleasant letter I rec
I suppose you know about the sale of the ``Reader''; but I have heard nothing beyond
the bare fact of the sale to M
Pangenesis in my mind is rising a little more into favour after the shock it received from your criticism; but you did me an immense service in making me estimate its value at a very low figure, as indeed must be the case with any mere hypothesis.
I hope you are grappling with your work like a refreshed giant & I dare say you did not quite resist looking at marine animals at little Hampton.
My dear Huxley | yours most sincerely | Ch. Darwin
E.D's love to M
- f1 4909.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from T. H. Huxley, 2 October 1865.
- f2 4909.f2See letter from T. H. Huxley, 2 October 1865.
- f3 4909.f3CD first consulted Henry Bence Jones in July 1865 (see letter to Asa Gray, 15 August  and n. 12; see also letter to J. D. Hooker, 27 [or 28 September 1865] and n. 14).
- f4 4909.f4CD refers to the attack of rheumatic fever suffered by Joseph Dalton Hooker in August 1865 and to the letter from J. D. Hooker, [26 September 1865]. See letter from F. H. Hooker, 6 September  and nn. 2 and 5.
- f5 4909.f5The reference is to Thomas Bendyshe (see letter from A. R. Wallace, 2 October 1865 and n. 3).
- f6 4909.f6CD's Account book--banking account (Down House MS) records an investment of £80 in the Reader Limited Company on 24 November 1864, but there is no record of any repayment to him after the sale of the company (see also Correspondence vol. 12, letter to John Lubbock 19 November ).
- f7 4909.f7CD had been an enthusiastic subscriber to the journal, recommending it highly (see, for example, Correspondence vol. 12, letter to Roland Trimen, 13 May 1864). The last issue of the Reader appeared on 12 January 1867 (Sullivan ed. 1984, p. 349).
- f8 4909.f8CD had sent Huxley his manuscript of his hypothesis of pangenesis, asking him whether it was suitable for inclusion in Variation (see letter to T. H. Huxley, 27 May  and nn. 4--8). Huxley's reply has not been found; however, see the letters to T. H. Huxley, 12 July  and [17 July 1865], and the letter from T. H. Huxley, 16 July 1865.
- f9 4909.f9The Huxley family had spent their holiday in Littlehampton, West Sussex (see letter from T. H. Huxley, 2 October 1865 and n. 1).
- f10 4909.f10The reference is to Emma Darwin, and to Henrietta Anne Huxley and the Huxley children (see letter from T. H. Huxley, 2 October 1865, n. 1). The letter is in Emma's hand.