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Darwin Correspondence Project

To T. H. Huxley   22 November [1851]

Down Farnborough | Kent

Nov. 22d

Dear Sir

Will you be so kind as to inform me whether you are a member of the Ray Society: if you are not, I am anxious to be allowed to send you a copy of my volume on Cirripedia,1 for I hope & flatter myself some small portion would somewhat interest you. Not knowing your address I have directed this to the care of Mr. Taylor.2

Pray believe me | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin T. H. Huxley Esqe

If you have become a member of the Ray Socy., I hope that you will forgive my troubling you for nothing.—


Living Cirripedia (1851), which was not available for distribution until late January 1852. Members of the Ray Society automatically received the publications of the society. Huxley was not a member at this time (L. Huxley ed. 1900, 1: 89). According to CD’s list of presentation copies of Living Cirripedia (1851), the volume was sent to Huxley (MS attached to CD’s copy of Living Cirripedia (1854) in the Cambridge University Library).
Richard Taylor, publisher of the Annals and Magazine of Natural History, in which some of Huxley’s papers had appeared.


Proposes to send THH vol. 1 of Living Cirripedia.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Huxley
Sent from
Source of text
Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 14)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1462,” accessed on 25 June 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5