To T. H. Huxley 18 April 
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Huxley
I have received the enclosed from Bell,1 which please read & burn.— I think Lindley has a higher claim than Westwood; but I had fancied that it was not thought advisable to give the medal on two following years for same branch of nat. science:2 if this impression is quite erroneous, I shall say nothing about Westwood except (as you remarked in regard to Hancock) as a reminder for a future year.— I shd moreover be considerably perplexed if I had myself to settle only between Hancock & Westwood.—3
When we meet at Council4 I shall hear what you think about Zoologist versus Botanist for this year.— I have written to Bell to above effect viz that I agree to Lindley’s superior claims, excepting on score of Zoologist having his turn.— I was delighted at your note about Lyell5
Most truly yours | C. Darwin
I quoted to Bell what you say about Hancock.—
So poor De la Beche is at last gone.6
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Huxley, T. H.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 31)
- Physical description
Thomas Bell thinks John Lindley superior for Royal Society Medal. CD agrees, but demurs at Medal going to same branch of science two years in succession.
Perplexed about Albany Hancock’s qualifications compared with J. O. Westwood’s.
Death of H. De la Beche.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1668,” accessed on 29 April 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1668