Nothing new in Lushington's letter. Two paragraphs are offensive – that THH sought to stir up Scotch Presbyterian prejudices against Comte at Edinburgh and that he had not read Comte.
My dear Darwin
I ``know quite enough about M
I glanced over his letter when I returned home last night very tired with my two nights chairmanship at the Ethnological & the Geological Societies—
Most of it is fair enough, though, I must say not helping me to any novel
considerations— Two paragraphs, however, contained opinions which
The one is, that I shaped what I had to say at Edinburgh with a view of stirring up the prejudices of the Scotch presbyterians (imagine how many presbyterians I had in my audience!) against Comte
The other, is the concluding paragraph, in which M
You will know how far I am likely to have committed either of the immoralities thus laid to my charge—
At any rate, I do not think I care to enter into some direct relations with
any one who so heedlessly & unjustifiably assumes me to be guilty of
them— Therefore I shall content myself with acknowledging the receipt
Yours very faithfully | T. H. Huxley
- f1 6654.f1See letter to T. H. Huxley, 10 March 1869 and n. 2. Lushington's letter has not been found.
- f2 6654.f2The Ethnological Society of London met on 9 March 1869 (Journal of the Ethnological Society of London n.s. 1 (1868--9): ix). The Geological Society of London met on 10 March 1869 (Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 25 (1869): 235). Huxley was president of both societies in 1869.
- f3 6654.f3The paper that appeared in the Fortnightly Review for 1 February 1869 (T. H. Huxley 1869a) was based on a talk that Huxley had given in Edinburgh on 8 November 1868 in which he criticised the philosophy of Auguste Comte (see letter to T. H. Huxley, 10 March 1869 and n. 2).