Has taken memorial to G. H. Richards, the Hydrographer. He favours the proposal and will instruct Capt. Mayne. THH will communicate with Dr Cunningham, the naturalist for the expedition.
My dear Darwin
If I had got your Memorial signed & sent to `My Lords', My Lords would simply have remitted it to the Hydrographer—so as I know Richards & have always found him a pleasant & helpful sort of man—I thought my best course was to go to him at once with your memorial in my pocket.
I have just done so & find that he knows all about the place having been one of
the party who dug up the bones which were obtained at Gallegos He thoroughly interests himself in the object of your Memorial
(which I have left with him) & promises to give all the requisite instructions
Evil man that you are you say not a word about yourself—so I hope that you
are prospering & M
Ever | Yours faithfully | T H Huxley
- f1 5149.f1The memorial to the Lords of the Admiralty, enclosed with the letter to Huxley of 4 July , has not been found; a draft of it, dated [2--4 July 1866], is published in this volume.
- f2 5149.f2George Henry Richards was hydrographer to the Admiralty (Modern English biography).
- f3 5149.f3Richards had served as lieutenant on HMS Philomel, and had helped to collect fossil bones of mammals along the Río Gallegos in Patagonia in 1845 (see letter from B. J. Sulivan, 27 June 1866 and nn. 7 and 8).
- f4 5149.f4Richard Charles Mayne was captain of HMS Nassau, which surveyed the Straits of Magellan from 1866 to 1869 (DNB).
- f5 5149.f5Robert Oliver Cunningham.
- f6 5149.f6Emma Darwin.