Thanks for new book [Descent].
My dear Darwin
Best thanks for your new book a copy of which I find awaiting me this morning— But I wish you would not bring your books out when I am so busy with all sorts of things— You know I can't shew my face anywhere in society without having read them—and I consider it too bad
No doubt too, it is full of suggestions just like that I have hit upon by chance at p. 212 of vol I. which connects the periodicity of vital phenomena with antecedent conditions—
Fancy lunacy & menstruation coming out of the primary fact that
I have been working like a horse for the last fortnight, with the fag end of influenza hanging about me—and I am improving under the process, which shews what a good tonic work is—
I shall try if I can't pick out from `Sexual selection some practical hint for the improvement of gutter-babies & bring in a resolution thereupon at the Schoolboard
Ever Yours faithfully | T H Huxley
Feby. 20. 1871.
- f1 7494.f1Huxley's name appears on CD's presentation list for Descent (Correspondence vol. 19, Appendix IV).
- f2 7494.f2Huxley refers to Descent 1: 212 n. 27.
- f3 7494.f3Huxley was professor at the Royal School of Mines and held a number of other positions in societies and other official bodies; his health broke down in December 1871 (ODNB).
- f4 7494.f4Huxley was a member of the London School Board, and sat on its education committee (ODNB).