Thanks for THH's address [to Geological Society, Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 25 (1869): 28–53]. Admires it and enjoyed attack on William Thomson hugely, but would tremble if he were in THH's boots. Distinction made by THH between evolutionists and uniformitarians is too great. CD's sentences on age of world in Origin will do, but he might have been less timid had he read THH.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Huxley
Thanks for your Address. People complain of the unequal distribution of
wealth, but it a much greater shame & injustice that any one man sh
I find that the few sentences which I have sent to press in the Origin
about the age of the world will do fairly well, though if I had read you
first, perhaps I sh
Many thanks for your note received a day or two ago with yourself represented as a bristly little Terrier.—
Ever yours | C. Darwin
- f1 6670.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from T. H. Huxley, 17 March 1869.
- f2 6670.f2CD refers to Huxley's presidential address to the Geological Society of London on 19 February 1869 (T. H. Huxley 1869c).
- f3 6670.f3Huxley's address was a response to William Thomson's statements concerning the conflicting calculations of astronomers and geologists in regard to the age of the earth (see T. H. Huxley 1869c, p. xxxviii). For Huxley's comparison of catastrophism, uniformitarianism, and evolutionism, see T. H. Huxley 1869c, pp. xlvi--xlvii.
- f4 6670.f4In Origin 5th ed., pp. 354, 379, CD discussed Thomson's estimates of the age of the earth, but did not dispute the evidence for his findings.
- f5 6670.f5See letter from T. H. Huxley, 17 March 1869.