To T. H. Huxley 31 March 
Down Farnborough Kent
I have thought & enquired much about Westwood & I really think he amply deserves the Gold Medal. But should you think of some one with higher claim I am quite ready to give up. Indeed I suppose without I get some one to second it, I cannot propose him.—1
Will you be so kind as to read the enclosed, & return it to me.2 Should I send it to Bell?3 —that is without you demur & convince me. I had thought of Hancock,4 a higher class of labourer, but, as far as I can weigh, he has not, as yet, done so much as Westwood.— I may state that I read the whole “Classification”5 before I was on the Council, & even thought on subject of Medal.
I fear my remarks are rather lengthy, but to do him justice I could not well shorten them: pray tell me frankly whether the enclosed is the right sort of thing; for though I was once on Council of Royal I never attended any meetings owing to bad health.6
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
With respect to the Copley Medal, I have strong feeling, that Lyell has high-claim; but as he has had Royal Medal, I presume that it wd be thought objectionable to propose him;7 & as I intend (you not objecting & converting me) to propose W. for the Royal, it would, of course, appear intolerably presumptuous to propose for the Copley also.—
Thinks J. O. Westwood deserves Royal Society’s Gold Medal. Asks THH’s opinion of his nomination. Lyell deserves Copley Medal, but, since he has Royal Medal, it may be objectionable to propose him.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Huxley, T. H.
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- Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 29)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1659,” accessed on 23 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1659