Sends letter [from Haeckel?] opened by mistake.
August Schleicher a great loss.
Geological Survey of England and Wales
My dear Darwin
It's lucky this letter contains no secrets for I opened it & read it without looking at the outside—as it came enclosed with other matters—
Schleicher is a great loss—
Ever yours | T H Huxley
Haeckel evidently thinks that a grateful country has knighted you
- f1 6498.f1The enclosure has not been found, but was evidently a letter from Ernst Haeckel to CD, of 12 December 1868 (see letter to Ernst Haeckel, 20 December 1868). Haeckel accidentally enclosed the letter to CD in his letter to Huxley, also written on 12 December 1868 and containing other enclosures (Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives, Huxley papers, 17: 196).
- f2 6498.f2August Schleicher died on 6 December 1868 (ADB).