Huxley has acknowledged receipt of VL's letter. Both he and CD feel that some of VL's statements were a little offensive although CD is sure this was not intended. Was glad to read the condensed statement of Comte's claims in VL's letter.
My dear M
I have heard from Prof. Huxley who [3 words illeg] desires me to
acknowledge for him the receipt of your letter. He thinks that
although you have at full liberty to hold any opinion in regard to him,
you have no right, & now that it is pointed out, I agree with him, to
imply in a letter to him firstly imply that he has criticised Comte without having
read him, & secondly that he had stated what he had to say with a view to
stir up the prejudices of the S. presb
I was glad to read your letter, as I wished to see a considered statement
of his claims. No doubt the law of progress from the theological to the
positive point of view, is an important one, if true on which I cannot
judge, & I sh
Pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | C. D.
- f1 6660.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to T. H. Huxley, 12 March .
- f2 6660.f2CD refers to Thomas Henry Huxley. See letter from T. H. Huxley, 11 March 1869.
- f3 6660.f3CD refers to Auguste Comte and `Scotch Presbyterians' (see letter from T. H. Huxley, 11 March 1869 and n. 3). For more on the reception of Comte in Britain, see Kent 1978.