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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-1457

To T. H. Huxley   9 October 1851

Down Farnborough Kent

Oct. 9. 1851

Dear Sir

I have much pleasure in expressing my opinion, from the high character of your published contributions to Science, and from the course of your studies during your long Voyage,1 that you are excellently qualified for a Professorship in Natural History.—

You have my best wishes for success in your present application,2 & I beg to remain | Dear Sir | Your’s faithfully | Charles Darwin T. H. Huxley Esqe

Footnotes

1
Huxley had been assistant-surgeon on board H.M.S. Rattlesnake, surveying the seas between Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, 1846–50, and had worked extensively on marine organisms.
2
This letter, together with testimonials from Edward Forbes, Richard Owen, William Benjamin Carpenter, and twelve other scientists, was printed for Huxley’s unsuccessful application for the chair of natural history at the University of Toronto (see L. Huxley ed. 1900, 1: 77–83). Huxley reported that he had ‘put together … twelve or fourteen testimonials from the first men. I will have no other.’ (ibid., p. 78).

Summary

Testimonial for THH’s application for Chair in Natural History at Toronto.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1457
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Huxley, T. H.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 1)
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1457,” accessed on 27 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1457

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