To J. D. Hooker [12 December 1875]1
2. Bryanston St
My dear Hooker
I have not felt so angry for years, & could hardly get to sleep after receiving your letter last night.2 I will urge Frank (now in N. Wales) to get admitted on Jan 25th. & we will come & vote together.— I shall feel it a duty to come up, & will attend, if my head will possibly allow me.3 I hope & think that the voting is before the papers are read aloud.— I will call on Allman4 one of these first mornings, as I want much to hear who the malcontents are. It seems to me the most disgraceful act which any scientific Socy. has done in my time.— I wish that I knew what the malcontents have to say for themselves.— I will speak to Romanes to get admitted so as to vote.—5 I wish that I had got a list of members to see whether there is anyone whom I could interest. What a waste of time & good feelings these blackguards cause.
Ever affecty. yours | C. Darwin
I am off in an hour’s time to Huxley & will hear what he says.—6
I have come back from Huxley but he does not know who the Malcontents are.
CD is furious at the prospect of Lankester’s being black-balled by the Linnean Society. He plans to solicit support from various members and to come up with Frank for the voting.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10295,” accessed on 22 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-10295